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There is one big thing in your house that may be the most difficult thing to get rid of. And no, it’s not because of its sentimental value; it’s because there are restrictions and limitations on how you can dispose of it.

It’s your mattress.

We’ve all seen mattresses lying near dumpsters, or even abandoned along the side of a roadway. But that’s not OK; don’t do that. And you can’t donate a used mattress; most collection centers will not take them. A third option is the landfill, but even there, you may be subject to additional disposal fees since mattresses are difficult to compact and take up a lot of room, and it is cumbersome to get a large mattress to the landfill in your family car.

Here are some options for mattress disposal.

Give it away

If your mattress is relatively new or in good condition, post it on Craiglist (for sale or free) or give it away on Freecycle or your local service like Next Door. There is always somebody who is in need of a good mattress and who can take it off your hands for you.

Donate it

Again, if it is in good condition, you may be able to donate it to an area charity that can pick it up from your home. Because of health concerns, not all charities will accept used mattresses. Try organizations like A Wider Circle (MD) or Pender ReGift Thrift Store (VA). Do not try to pass along dirty, stained, bug-infested or damaged mattresses.

Trade it in

Check with your mattress store or manufacturer to see if they provide a trade-in option when purchasing a new mattress.

Destroy it

Take apart your mattress yourself by cutting around the perimeter and peeling away the cloth. Remove the foam and soft materials and roll them into a compact bundle for the trash, then use a saw to cut apart any wooden structures. The box springs and other metals can be taken to the recycling center.

Call 123JUNK

By far, the easiest method for disposing of a used mattress is to call 123JUNK. Give us a call to talk to one of our customer service representatives (we always answer the phone in person) and schedule a pickup. We’ll arrive and do the heaving lifting for you. And with our green initiative, we’ll find the best solution for healthy disposal.

123junk truck evolution large

OK, you caught us bragging, but really, all trucks are NOT created equal! 123JUNK is proud to say that we have some of the largest trucks in the junk hauling industry. And the cleanest.

Here are some fun facts about our 123JUNK trucks:

  • Our truck is our brand; they are all the same size and sport our logo and phone number prominently
  • They are red so you can’t miss them
  • They have a huge 560-cubic-feet capacity—30% larger than our national competitors’
  • They hold more than a 20-yard commercial dumpster
  • They can hold the equivalent of about TEN three-cushion sofas
  • With larger trucks, we need to make fewer trips
  • They are named after U.S. Presidents in Virginia and Rock Stars in Maryland
  • Our trucks are custom built to spec -- you won't find another truck like ours
  • We’re proud of our trucks and it shows by how clean we keep them
  • We started 123JUNK with a beat-up old truck
  • We add 2-3 new trucks to our fleet each year
  • Since we can pick up more, we can charge less per cubic foot

Have you seen a 123JUNK truck lately? Send us a picture!

If you see one of our trucks out on the road or at a job, take a picture and send it to us. If we post it on our social media site we’ll send you a gift card!

To schedule your 123JUNK pickup in one of our big, red, shiny trucks, call us today.

Save moneyUsually we don’t get questions on how to save money on junk removal. First, 123JUNK provides really fair, all-inclusive pricing. Second, people generally just want their junk gone.

But there are people who are budget-conscious and would like to know how to save money wherever and whenever possible. We’re glad to help you save money whenever we can, and we want you to get the most for your money and your valuable time, so here are some tips on how you can save time or money on junk removal.'

1. Gather your items together

123JUNK can come in and remove items from anywhere in your home. But having your items organized into one area makes it easier for our crew.

2. Disassemble large items

Part of the time we take in hauling away large items like furniture is in disassembling it to fit into our big red dump trucks. Save time by disassembling large items prior to our visit.

3. Remove non-acceptable items

Check our blog post on “Hazardous Items” and our list of “what we don’t haul” and remove those items in advance from your junk pile

4. Get an estimate

Have 123JUNK come to your home to give you an in-person estimate on hauling away your junk. Don’t rely on online services who claim to give you a one-size-fits-all price. For an accurate estimate, be sure they lay eyes on the size of your job.

5. Create one pickup

Having 123JUNK pick up all your items at once saves money over having us make multiple trips over a period of time.

6. Recycle what you can

Find a local recycling center and take recyclables such as newspapers, bottles and cans, or electronics there yourself.

7. Contact a charity

Local charities sometimes have pick-up options where they can haul away furniture and household goods on your behalf. They usually require that you have the items at the curb or in the garage. Check with your favorite to see.

8. Share the expense

Get together with your neighbors or adjoining business to see if they have junk hauling needs as well. Then split the expense of having a 123JUNK truck make one pickup.

123JUNK Charges Only By Volume

Whereas other junk hauling companies may charge by volume, weight and accessibility, 123JUNK charges only by volume, not by how long a job takes or how much it weighs. The price is determined by how much space it will take up in our big red truck. You’ll be given one flat fee so there are no surprises.

At 123JUNK, we’re always glad to make our customers throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. happy. Even if that means saving them money on our services. Contact us today to schedule your pickup.

Hazardous materials

Getting rid of stuff should be easy, but sometimes it comes with restrictions—as with hazardous materials. Knowing what can and cannot be disposed of in the normal trash is important; not just for our environment, but for the safety of those who handle our waste.

Here is a list of materials that are considered hazardous in the county of Fairfax, Virginia:

  • Aerosol cans/spray containing flammable or hazardous materials like hairspray, pesticides or cleaners.
  • Ammonia-based products like drain and bathroom cleaners
  • Chemicals like Muriatic Acid (Hydrochloric Acid) or Ammonium Hydroxide
  • Chemical solvents like acetone and turpentine, if solvents are present in can
  • Charcoal starter
  • Fertilizers containing pesticides or herbicides
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Floor care products
  • Fluorescent bulbs & tubes, unbroken
  • Gasoline or gas and oil mixture
  • Glues, solvent-based
  • Inks and dyes, if in container
  • Mercury-containing products like thermometers or switches
  • Moth balls
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paint, oil- or lead-based
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Printer cartridges, if flammable or containing liquid
  • Refrigerant coolants, less than 16 ounces
  • Rust remover chemicals
  • Sealants, as for driveways and other surfaces, and empty aerosol cans

If you wish to dispose of hazardous materials in Fairfax County, Virginia, please take them to either the I-66 Transfer Station at 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, or the I-95 Landfill in Lorton at 9850 Furnace Road. Note that they have limited hours for hazardous waste disposal. Please do not include them in a load to be picked up by 123JUNK.

Call the Infoline to find out more about the Household Hazardous Waste Program at 703-324-5068, TTY 711.

Call 123JUNK

For more information about hazardous materials disposal, or to schedule a pickup for household items including furniture, appliances and old electronics, call 123JUNK. We’ll be glad to answer your questions. Please see our FAQs for more information on what we haul.

dumpster deliveryThere are three options when it comes to removing junk from your home or office:

  1. You can hire a junk removal company
  2. You can rent a dumpster
  3. You can load your car or truck and do it yourself

When it is a really small job, sure, throw the junk in your car and take it to the dump. But when the load is large or the objects are bulky or heavy, your best option is to choose a service that will haul your junk away for you: a junk hauling service or a roll-off dumpster.

Use a Junk Removal Service

The simplest option is to schedule a pickup from a local junk removal company. You decide what needs to go, and schedule a pick-up date. Fees are generally determined by the volume of junk or debris to be hauled, and truck, labor, fuel, mileage, and dump fees are included in one price.

With a junk removal company, a crew will do the work for you, quickly removing the items you’ve selected, while taking care to protect your property as they work. They are usually in and out in one day for the least disruption to your schedule.

If there is a mix of items, companies like 123JUNK will sort through them after the pick-up, donating reusable items to our charitable partners and providing you with a tax-deductible receipt, delivering recyclable items to the recycling facility, and only then disposing of the rest. A junk removal service is not always ideal for large amounts of construction or demolition debris, but is an excellent choice for large or bulky items like a refrigerator, mattress, wall unit, shed or above-ground pool or hot tub. One of the main benefits of hiring a junk removal company is that most will pro-rate the price based on volume. In other words, you get what you pay for.

Rent a Dumpster Container

Roll-off dumpsters come in a variety of sizes, from a 10-yard container for smaller jobs to a 40-yard container more suited for large demolition or construction jobs. When you call, you must decide which size is best for your job, and schedule delivery.

Weight restrictions are an issue and place restrictions on the load; going over the weight limit may result in additional fees. In addition, since a dumpster can weigh up to several tons once filled, care must be taken to protect your driveway, asphalt or yard from damage. Placement of a dumpster may additionally require a permit if it is to remain on your street or property for a period of time, and can be unsightly.

A dumpster is often rented for a week or more, allowing you to complete your project on your own schedule. However, you must do the work of yourself. Once filled, you call to schedule a pick-up and the company will haul the dumpster away and dispose of its contents.

Dumpster rental can be more cost-efficient when working with large jobs construction or demolition jobs and allow for bigger loads and lower labor costs. Be sure to check with your community HOA or property manager to make sure dumpsters are allowed on your property. Some towns will require you to get a permit.

Hazardous materials like paint, oils, or toxic chemicals are not accepted in either option.

Need a Quote? Contact 123JUNK

123JUNK is happy to give you an all-inclusive quote on junk hauling in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C. Please contact us today.


Related: The benefits of Junk Removal services and dumpsters

Furniture Removal

Property managers have the unique challenge of making sure their rental apartments, townhouses, condos and single-family homes are consistently occupied, a task exacerbated when a relocating tenant leaves a mess behind.

When they move, most tenants take their belongings with them, leaving an easier job of preparing the unit for the next tenants.

But in some cases, tenants leave behind furniture, electronics, mattresses, and large amounts of junk and trash. And it’s not the property manager’s job to remove these items themselves.

Evictions lead to further problems, with some disgruntled tenants designing to create problems for the property management team by creating a mess.

Property Managers Make One Call to 123JUNK for Rental Clean-out

That is why property management teams turn to 123JUNK for junk removal service. With one call, our professional crew will arrive with one (or more) large dump truck(s) and perform a complete clean-out of the rental property, taking great care to protect the property as we work. Most jobs can be completed within one day, leaving a clean slate to prepare for the next tenants.

Avoid Injuries by Letting 123JUNK Do the Heavy Lifting

Property managers should not be taking on this task on their own, for safety’s sake, if nothing else. Our crew is trained in the best techniques to safely lift and transport heavy objects, and in how to protect themselves and the environment from biohazards and other hazardous materials that might be on site.

123JUNK will haul away appliances, furniture, clothing, household goods, and even construction debris, dealing with everything in our eco-friendly manner of repurpose-recycle-dispose. We repurpose perfectly good items back into the community through our charitable partners, delivery recyclable items to the local recycling center, and only then deliver the remainder to the landfill. The only things we cannot transport are hazardous materials.

As long as your rental property sits vacant, you are losing money. Trust 123JUNK to help you make a quick turnaround for rental properties located in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., or Maryland. Call us today.

home staging kitchen

When selling a home, a Realtor will often advise a client to “stage it” and offer to bring in a professional stager to help. In a nutshell, staging means creating a neutral scenario so that potential buyers can picture themselves living there without the distraction of your personal items or too much clutter. When a home is staged properly, it generally sells faster and can even sell for a higher price.

Here are several tips to staging your home:


Clear out closets, kitchen counters and cabinets, children’s bedrooms, and all other spaces, and clear off all surfaces on countertops and furniture. You’ll be moving soon anyway, so pack these items and store them either offsite or in a garage or neutral space, donate, recyclcle or dispose of them.

Open Up Spaces

Less is more when it comes to furniture; too much furniture can make a room look smaller, and you want to show just how much space the new buyer will get with your home. Your stager may ask you remove items, and could regroup items to create a better flow and more open space.


Pack up any and all personal items that might distract a potential buyer. This includes family photographs, memorabilia, team- or religious-related items, and items with your name, such as a diploma. Think of how neutral a hotel room is and try to create a similar look.

Create Curb Appeal

If the outside of the home doesn’t look good, people aren’t going to expect much from the inside, and may in fact, pass up your home without ever entering. Powerwash the exterior, perform repairs, touch up the trim and landscaping, and place appealing plants and flowers around the entrance.


If you have lived in your house for a while you may have become impervious to conditions that may jump out at someone else, like dirty grout around the tub, dusty corners or blinds, or musty odors. A deep cleaning will make your home shine.

Make Repairs

Look around your home from a buyer’s point of view and make all necessary repairs or modifications. Even the littlest items will catch a wary buyer’s eye or an inspector’s checklist. You want to make your home as move-in ready as possible.

Hire a Professional

There is a lot to do to get ready to sell your home, and there are professionals available to help. Ask your Realtor for a recommended stager, and call 123JUNK to help remove items when you’re ready to put your home on the market. Simply pile the items you’d like us to remove, whether they are inside the home, garage, attic or basement or outside in the yard or shed. We’ll take the items away and sort them for donation, recycling and disposal, and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt for your donations.

To schedule your pickup appointment, call 123JUNK today.


In May, colleges and universities, parents and students celebrate the culmination of four (or more) years of advanced education with pomp and circumstance. The students are graduated and off to start their new careers…and hopefully their new homes.

They’ll be moving out of their dorm rooms, apartments or even their parents’ homes and into places of their own. And there will be packing, and deciding just what to take to the new house and what to leave behind or dispose of. If the young person is moving across the country, he or she must decide even more carefully what to take.

When clearing out the old living spaces, who better is there to help than 123JUNK. We are not movers, but where we can help is in removing items that you no longer need or want, and certainly don’t want to pack or move.

With 123JUNK’s three-part Donate-Recycle-Dispose process, all you have to do is point us to the items, and our professional, uniformed staff will remove boxes, bags, furniture, appliances, electronics, books, and more, and load them into one of our big red dump trucks. We then sort them into items that can be repurposed and deliver them to our charitable partners (you get a receipt and record of donations for your taxes), divide out any recyclables, and deliver what’s left to local disposal facilities.

Take Back Your Child’s Room

May also harbors in a new era for parents of college graduates who can often now take back their child’s room now that they’re off on their new life, and repurpose it for other uses.

You might envision using their room as a guest room, a craft room, or an exercise area, or to offer children sharing a bedroom each a room of their own. In any case, you will want to clear out any left-behind items that are no longer useful or wanted, and let 123JUNK take them off your hands. And while you’re at it, see if there are other items around your house that you can get rid of while we’re there.

Don’t Forget 123JUNK’s Labor-Only Services

You may even want to consider using 123JUNK’s Labor-Only Services to move large items from room to room, up and down stairs, or inside to outside, like mattresses, furniture or appliances. This is especially helpful if you need to clear out the room in order to paint or lay new carpet.

We’ll do the heavy lifting for you to help you get your new room set up the way you like it. And we always take great care to protect our clients’ belongings and home, by protecting floors, walls and doorways on every job.

Contact 123JUNK

If you have a student graduating this year, we send our congratulations. And our invitation to use 123JUNK. Contact us to set your appointment.

Living mindfully

Buddhist monks live by a simplicity philosophy: operate mindfully, be grateful, and live simply. This simplicity allows them to find peace and calm in their everyday lives. The surprising thing is that this zen-like style of living can improve your life as well. Try these simple ways.

Keep only what is necessary

Zen living means removing items that are not necessary to your life. Do you really need 24 pairs of shoes or eight types of spatulas? Clearing out items that are redundant clears space in both your living area and your mind. As organization author and expert Marie Kondo says, “Keep only those items that spark joy.”

Allow space

Picture the paintings hanging in a museum and how they are spaced just so to allow each masterpiece to be admired individually. The same concept works at home. Clearing out your home allows space between items and increases your appreciation of them. Allow space between events in your busy schedule for the same appreciation.

Adopt a simple way of living

Think back when you were a child…you needed very little to survive and had much more time to play and enjoy life. Learning to live without extra clutter in your life actually frees you for larger endeavors, like volunteering, learning, exploring, and time with family and friends. You no longer have to spend time cleaning, sorting or wading through items to get what you need.

Live mindfully

Do all things deliberately and focus all your attention on the task at hand. You will find it takes on a zen-like quality. Savor the feel of the water in the morning’s shower, and the first taste of coffee rather than rush through them. These are the little experiences that make up life.

Don’t multi-task

You might be proud that you can answer the phone, cook dinner and help with the child’s homework all at the same time, however, living mindfully also means doing one thing at a time. Focus your attention on doing the best job at the task at hand before moving on to the next one. Create a sacred space for each thing you do, whether you are working, cleaning or simply relaxing.

Do less

Regardless of what the commercials say, you don’t have to do it all or have it all, and task lists as long as your arm only set your day off with stress. Think about your main goal for the day and set off mindfully to achieve it.


The benefits of mindfulness and meditation can actually change your brain, reported Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She goes on to report evidence that meditation decreases stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia and pain, and actually increases the quality of life.

Be grateful

Oprah Winfrey has always been a huge advocate of keeping a gratitude journal, every day writing down five things she is grateful for. She says, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

123JUNK Can Help You Clear Out Extra Stuff

At 123JUNK, we take the zen-like philosophy to heart, and strive to streamline our own business; for example, going paperless allowed us to cut down on clutter. This allows us to focus on what’s really important to our business: our customers.

In this age of consumerism, we are all guilty of having too much in our lives—too much work, too many responsibilities, and definitely too much stuff. While 123JUNK can’t help with some of your load, we can certainly take the extra stuff off your hands. We’re experts at clearing out spaces. Contact us today to schedule your pickup appointment.

Packing up a parents homeIt is always difficult when a parent dies. There are feelings of great loss and sadness, and the extra emotional burden of dealing with their belongings.

At some point in their lives, children will have to deal with the responsibility of clearing out a parent’s home, and divvying up what is to be kept and distributed among family members, and what is to be disposed.

Estate Liquidation Companies

Some people look to estate liquidation companies to help. Their goal is to sell your household contents, jewelry, automobiles, recreational equipment, and even your real estate at times, into cash. Holding online and on-locations sales and auctions, they can help winnow out and appraise items that hold value and sell them for a portion of the profit.

Professional Organizing Services

When you want to handle the estate yourself, but realize you need assistance, there are professional organizing services available. Their services include establishing a plan for dealing with a parent’s belongings, inventory, overseeing packing and disbursement, facilitating sales and donations, and overseeing all of the related services including moving companies, real estate agents, junk removal companies, cleaning crews, etc.

Junk Removal Companies like 123JUNK

Handling the estate entirely by yourself is a third alternative, but even here, there are people to help, including 123JUNK. As a junk removal company, we can perform a complete clean-out of the house once you have removed items you wish to keep in the family. You don’t even have to sort items into piles for donation or disposal. Our professional, uniformed crew will carefully remove all items and haul them off the premises for you, including your indoor and outdoor items.

We then sort through your items, removing anything that can be donated to one of our charity partners or recycled, and delivering them to their appropriate destinations. We’ll provide you with photographic evidence of your donation and a receipt for your tax deduction.

Let 123JUNK Recommend the Right Service

If you need to clear out a parent’s home in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., please contact 123JUNK, where someone always answers the phone in person. We can recommend estate liquidation companies and professional organizing services if you wish to go that route, or help you handle the job yourself.

There is no easy way to deal with a parent’s death, or their estate, but it is an inevitability we all must face. We just hope we can make it a little bit easier.

Military move
Living where we do, surrounding the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, there are a lot of people associated with the military. And that means lots of relocation.

Military families often get orders to move, sometimes within a short period of time. They have to pack up the household yet again and venture forward to their next assignment.

Winnowing down the amount of possessions they own is one way military families cope, and it is especially essential when the family is relocated overseas. Downsizing any household is never easy, which is why 123JUNK offers several ways to not only help yourself, but help others in the process.

A Few Piles, One Dial

Packing up for a move offers an ideal time to sort through items you own to decide what is essential and what you have outgrown or not used in a while. While packing, simply put items you wish to discard in piles. There is no need to sort them, 123JUNK will do that for you.

Then simply call 123JUNK to make a pickup. Our professional, uniformed staff will haul away your items in our big red trucks and do the sorting for you offsite.


Items that are reusable are donated to one of our many charitable partners, like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore or A Wider Circle. This can include furniture, household goods, fixtures, appliances, any anything else that might be of value. We will document your donation and provide you a receipt for tax deduction.


Once we have made the first sort, we’ll go through your items again, culling out materials that can be recycled, like electronic parts and metals. Those we’ll deliver to the local recycling facility.


Only on our third go-through do we take any remaining junk, like broken items, trash, or yard waste to the area transfer/disposal station. 


Thank you for your duty! If you have an upcoming military move, let 123JUNK help. Contact us today to schedule your pickup.