Make Money on What Other People Throw Away

America is a throw-away society. We all know that. We all have a lot of

junk that we do not need, and just about all of us have things piling up

relentlessly in out attics, garages, basements, closets and even in the

wide open of the back yard.

A lot of people try to ignore the problem until they can no longer get into

their garage, or when they find it impossible to squeeze one more item into

the attic. They have too much junk and they need to get rid of it. Often,

they will pay someone to do just that. This means an opportunity for you.

You can make a decent living by helping people get rid of their junk.

To get started, you need a strong back and something to haul with, such as

a pick-up or a small trailer to pull behind your car. That’s about it. If

you don’t have a pick-up, consider buying a used one cheap. You could

easily find something for less than $1,000. An even less expensive

alternative is a small trailer for your car. Trailers can be had for just

a couple hundred bucks or less.

How To Get Started?

This is generally a very community or neighborhood oriented business. Take

out an ad in your community newspaper saying that you will haul away

unwanted items or that you will clean garages, basements or attics for a

fee. You can also print up a one-page flyer and place them on houses

door-to-door, or on the windshields of cars.

What You Need to Know?

You will need to find a place for all the junk you collect and remove.

Find out where the local landfills are and what their policies are. They

may charge you a fee for bring stuff is, but you can charge that fee back

to you clients. You also may need dumping permits in some areas, so check

with your local city or county offices.

It’s also a good idea to learn about dumping regulation. Some items are

more difficult to get rid of than others. For example, you can’t just dump

a refrigerator or an old stove anywhere. Old tires are another hard-to-

dump item. There are specific places for specific things. Find out what

goes where. Once you have it all down, however, you have it made.

You should be able to earn from $7 to $10 an hour. You will not be able to

charge by the hour, however, because people may give you a problem about

the pace at which you work, and how much time they feel you should take to

get the job done. Instead, make an estimate based on your own judgment on

how long it will take you to clean out that garage or attic. Once you have

done a few, you will have a good idea about the time involved. Then give

an upfront estimate. If it will take you a complete day, or eight hours,

ask for $80 to $100.

Remember also that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You may find

a market for some of the items many people just want to get rid off. So

explore the option of sales to second hand stores, or the possibility of

starting up a second-hand store of your own. Such stores can be lucrative

like you would not believe. There’s big money in junk - and in getting rid

of it. It takes no special knowledge or education, and you can get started

with a minimum investment. All that’s left for you now it to get busy!


Awesome thank you for this

Also familiarize yourself with your local metal recycling facilities. The refrigerators can be sold there for steel weight if you can’t sell them as a used item on craigslist. Metal yards will purchase any item made of any type of metal even items partially made of metal.

Most county dumps allow one load per day for free. If you have more than one load you’ll have to go to the landfill for a fee

Oh not to mention actual recycling. Take a truck load of old washers dryers ac units anything made of metal and you’re looking at close to $100. So take someone’s junk drop it off. All it costs you is the gas money.

I totally agree and you did a great job going over the steps at a high level instead of getting caught up in the little details (my personal crutch)

I have a collection already just from cleaning out yards and garages and such in our small town. When someone’s family has lived here for 100 years and the current generation just wants to sprout wings there tends to be a lot of antique age items. Maybe not rare and high dollar but something better than selling your old t-shirts in your front yard.

A few people I have talked to have semi perm spaces at flea markets. But another option I found is “antique malls” or “junk malls” - a lot of them rent you the booth space and the mall is manned and cared for as a community so every booth holder has to work a certain number of hours per month.

The big plus to that is they sell your stuff for you. Just come in and restock every week. Yes they take a small commission, but it’s much better than sitting there waiting for a customer.

I tried ebay once. Put up an old plate that I verified through an auction house. Next day I had an email from eBay saying my sellers account was blocked for questionable selling practices. I found a number and called and could not get thru to the right dept. And the CSR I had just kept saying he couldn’t cancel my account becYse it was blocked. But I could still buy things on ebay. Um nope. Still have no idea what I did wrong.

One of our TPH staff writers profiled a man who started a junk removal business.

??? U have succeeded also because of strength of will. You’re a brilliant ‘old soul’ - u made it through the storm. Best of luck to u

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i live in a senior complex and the problem i have is over buying cloths, so i always donate once a year thanks for sharing this information

Find out more about the bulk trash pick up schedule of your City. Local residents put out thier bulk trash… Aka… You name it. I work for a City in Arizona and everything and everything gets put out on the street too be picked up. If you are a early riser you can find some good stuff too flip or recycle for cash. Hope this helps you. Go to your City website and do a search. There’s gold in other people’s trash. Believe me. Ive seen it.