The Junk Removal Glossary

In case you need to understand what some terms mean when speaking of the junk removal industry here are the definitions of many junk removal verbiage.


  • Appliance Removal: Service involving the pickup and disposal or recycling of household appliances.
  • Asbestos Removal: Specialized removal of asbestos-containing materials, following safety and environmental regulations.


  • Bin Rental: Rental of dumpsters or bins for residential or commercial waste disposal.
  • Bulky Waste: Large items of waste material, such as furniture, appliances, and large electronic items, that cannot be collected through regular waste collection services.


  • Commercial Junk Removal: Junk removal services catered specifically for businesses, including office, retail, and construction debris removal.
  • Composting: The process of recycling organic waste materials into a nutrient-rich soil amendment.
  • Construction Debris: Waste material generated during construction, renovation, or demolition projects, including materials like wood, metal, concrete, and bricks.


  • Demolition Waste: Waste materials resulting from the demolition of buildings, roads, and other structures.
  • Donation Pick-up: A service that involves collecting items that are in good condition to be donated to charity organizations.


  • Eco-Friendly Disposal: Disposal methods that minimize the impact on the environment, often through recycling, donating, or composting.
  • E-Waste: Electronic waste, including computers, TVs, smartphones, and other electronic devices, requires special disposal to prevent environmental harm.



  • Garbage Collection: The regular collection of household waste for disposal.
  • Green Waste: Organic waste material, such as yard trimmings, leaves, and branches, suitable for composting.


  • Hazardous Waste: Waste materials that are dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment, including chemicals, paints, and batteries.


  • Incineration: The process of burning waste materials at high temperatures to reduce their volume and sometimes generate energy.


  • Junk Removal: The service of removing unwanted items from homes, businesses, or construction sites for disposal or recycling.


  • Landfill: A site designated for the disposal of waste materials by burial.


  • Mattress Disposal: The process of removing and disposing of old mattresses, often involving recycling or donation.


  • Recycling: The process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects.
  • Residential Junk Removal: Junk Removal services are offered to homeowners for the disposal of household items, yard waste, and other non-hazardous materials.


  • Scrap Metal Recycling: The collection and processing of metal waste materials to recover metal for future use.
  • Shredding: The process of cutting or grinding up waste materials, such as documents or electronic media, to prevent information theft or for easier disposal.


  • Toxic Waste: Waste material that can cause death, injury, or birth defects to living creatures, spread by air, water, or soil.


  • Universal Waste: A category of hazardous waste materials widely produced by households and businesses, including batteries, pesticides, and mercury-containing equipment.


  • Waste Audit: An assessment of waste generation and management practices to identify opportunities for waste reduction and recycling.
  • Waste Management: The collection, transportation, and disposal or recycling of waste materials.

This glossary provides a foundation for understanding the key terms used in the junk removal industry. However, it’s important to note that practices and regulations can vary by location, and new terms may come along as the industry evolves.