Columbia, Missouri





Who We Are

Who are The Junk Pirates?

We are a Columbia, Missouri, locally operated family-owned junk removal company. We remove everything you need us to, such as old furniture and appliances, garage items, and renovation debris. We do all the loading, lifting, labor, and disposal of your unwanted junk with a smile on our face.

How long have you been in business?

The owners of The Junk Pirates in Columbia are long term residents who have continuously owned and operated a variety of businesses within our community. They launched the Columbia location of The Junk Pirates in early 2021.


Why are you called the Junk Pirates? Aren’t pirates mean and scary?

We are called The Junk Pirates because of an eye accident the founder of The Junk Pirates had many years ago requiring him to wear a patch until his eye healed. His friends started calling him a pirate, and the name stuck

You can read the whole story here.

Yes, pirates can be scary, but we’re the right kind of pirates, the fun ones, the Disney version, you could say. And the only thing we raid is your junk! Plus, we know how much kids LOVE pirates!


Are you a franchise?

No, we are an independent family business. We do not have bosses in another country. We are our own bosses serving you right here in Columbia. We know this area, and we know you as our neighbors.

What We Do

What types of services do you offer?

We remove any junk you need us to remove.

See a full description of our services here.

Do you throw all of my stuff away?

We dispose of the items you identify to be removed in an eco-friendly matter. Anything and everything that can be legally recycled or donated is.

We dump at the City of Columbia Bioreactor Landfill

Do I have to do any of the lifting or sorting myself?

We do all the lifting, including anything that requires over two people to lift. We find it odd that a good deal of junk removal companies don’t remove bulky items. We have a forklift that does the heavy lifting for any bulky items you may have. And you don’t have to do anything.

What kind of junk do you remove?

We remove any items you want us to, including hazardous materials (again, something most junk removal companies won’t touch). Here are examples of junk we take.

See examples of junk we take here

Do I need to organize items I want removed?

There is nothing you need to do. Just show us the items you want to be removed, and we will do everything else. We will also clean and sweep the area before we leave.

Do I need to place items on the curb for pickup?

No, we remove items from wherever they are located in your home or business.  But we love curbside pick ups, and if you can place your items curbside, it will reduce the cost of our service to you.

Can you complete full house cleanouts?

Pirates love full house cleanouts, which are frequent requests for evictions and estate sales. We will remove every single item and leave the premises clean.

Dumpster rental or junk removal company?

When you consider renting a dumpster, it is generally because you are involved in a renovation or extensive repair. The thought process is that you will generate large amounts of debris that will pile up quickly.

There are many problems with renting a dumpster. The most dangerous problem is that when you rent a dumpster, you are the one responsible for getting the heavy items out of the home and into the dumpster. We believe injuring yourself or causing property damage is not worth it.

We solve the problem of considerable amounts of debris accumulating quickly by making scheduled pickups during the process. That way, you don’t have to worry about doing anything yourself except focusing on your renovation.

There are many other issues regarding renting a dumpster that you can read here.

Do you recycle reusable/renewable items?

We make strong efforts to recycle as much as possible. Items we recycle including reusable/renewable items, including paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, electronics, and anything else recycling center will accept. As long-time residents of Columbia, Missouri, we are proud of our track record keeping recyclables out of our local landfills.

Can you take electronics like computers and televisions?

Yes, we remove any electronics (e-waste) you may have, including computers and televisions, and dispose of them in the most eco-friendly way possible.

Do you clean out barns and sheds?

Absolutely! We clean out and remove junk from many properties and locations, including barns, sheds, and construction sites. If it has junk in it, we can clear it out!

Do you take old car batteries?

Car batteries are one of the hardest things to get rid of for homeowners. But you don’t have to worry. We will get rid of it for you.

Do you remove lawnmowers?

We remove all lawn equipment, including lawnmowers, weed wackers, grass trimmers, leaf blowers, or any other gas engine machine you may have regardless of working condition.

Will you remove my old piano?

Yes, we will remove your old piano. As much as it pains our Pirate hearts, the majority of pianos we take away are not able to be re-homed, and they do end up at the landfill and/or scrap yard.

Do you take old bathtubs and toilets?

Yes, we remove bathtubs, toilets, sinks, fixtures, tiles, plumbing, and anything else you may need removed. And remember, you don’t have to drag any items out in front of your property. We remove your items where they sit. Easy and convenient!

Do you work with real estate agents?

We love real estate agents, and real estate agents love us. Working with real estate agents is a cooperative relationship where we refer and trust each other.

Are you able to work with large properties like an apartment complex?

Yes, we are experts in working with large properties, such as apartment complexes.

Being a property manager in Columbia, Missouri, is a challenging, extremely involved job that includes running many aspects of rental properties, including maintenance, handling tenant complaints, and bringing in new tenants for vacant units. When you are transitioning a unit from one tenant to the other, the previous users may leave behind furniture, appliances, and other abandoned junk. Removing it is time-consuming and likely another task to add to the list.

We specialize in hauling all sorts of junk, including what’s left behind in apartments or other rental units. With our simple scheduling system, efficient and friendly workers, and our experience in removing junk, we will assist you with this task in your busy property manager schedule.

My stuff is worth money. Will you pay me for it?

The Junk Pirates do not buy any items, but we are happy to facilitate introducing you to other local businesses that might be interested in selected items. Many of the items we pick up that still have usable life in them are donated to local not for profit organizations such as Love Columbia, The Hogan House, The City of Refuge and others. Those organizations typically donate the items to needy local residents, or sell the items through their storefronts and use the proceeds for funding their charitable work.

How To Start

How quickly can I schedule a junk removal appointment?

Call 573-352-5865 or complete the online form to get on our schedule ASAP. Most times, we can drop by and evaluate what you need to remove the same day you contact us.

What areas do you pick up junk?

Whether you’re from Columbia, Jefferson City, Moberly, Fulton, Boonville or any of the communities in Mid Missouri, The Junk Pirates will travel to your home or place of business and carry off your unwanted items.

Go here for more information.

Can you pick up my items if I’m not at home?

You need not be at home when we arrive as long as we have access to where the junk is located. We will call to confirm and coordinate everything with you beforehand.

How You Pay

How much do you charge?

We offer complimentary, no-obligation estimates before we charge anything. Our pricing differs from most junk removal companies in that we provide 100% transparency with our upfront pricing and free estimates. Before you pay us a dime, you’ll know exactly how much the charge is, and you don’t pay until the junk is loaded and ready to go.

How does your pricing work? Is it per item? Load size? What is included in your price?

Our volume-based pricing ensures you get the most junk removed for the lowest price. You simply pay for space the junk occupies in our truck and/or trailers. So, depending on the amount of junk you need to be removed, we can determine what price point you likely will fall into.

Our pricing differs from most junk removal companies that generally charge by the truckload AND by the hour. We do not charge for labor, having to climb stairs, lift more cumbersome items, or anything else that may be required. Our full-service junk removal service price also includes any disposal fees.

How do I get a quote?

We provide you a fair and upfront price that will never change no matter what we may encounter while removing your items—Guaranteed!

Call 573-352-5865 or complete the online form. We can give you an estimate on the phone, or come out at no cost and give you an on-site estimate. If you’re satisfied with the price, we’ll haul off your junk. If not, you have no obligation, and we don’t charge for our travel.

Do you accept Venmo or PayPal for payment?"

Yes, we accept Venmo.  But we do not currently accept PayPal.  We also accept most credit cards, debit cards, cash, and checks.

Why Us

What are your credentials? Are you licensed and insured?

We are a licensed and fully insured company.

Isn't it better to work with a big franchise company like 1-800gotjunk?

You’re virtually guaranteed to pay more and receive less when you work with a large corporation opposed to a local family-owned business for your junk removal needs.

Since we don’t pay expensive franchise fees, we pass those savings onto you. We also offer a more robust service than a franchise since we can move anything that requires more than two people to lift. 

Imagine a franchise junk removal company surveying your items and later informing you they can’t pick up this or that because it’s too heavy or dangerous. It takes strong pirates to handle these things!

I have some old paint in my garage. Will you take it for me?
The City of Columbia Bioreactor Landfill prohibits all junk removal companies from dumping Household Hazardous Waste products at the landfill, and unfortunately, this prohibition includes items such as oil based paints, paint thinners, antifreeze, pesticides and many other items.  For a complete list of items they prevent us from dumping, please click here:  Household Hazardous Waste

We are allowed to dispose of dried out paint, nearly empty cans, and small containers of certain water-based paints.  We cannot dispose of 5 gallon buckets of paint if the paint is still in liquid form.
Do you know any pirate jokes?

Okay. You asked for it!

Q: How much do pirate earrings cost?
A: A buck an ear.

Q: Why can’t the pirate play cards?
A: He was standing on the deck.

Q: How do pirates know that they are pirates?
A: They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!

Q: What did the ocean say to the pirate?
A: Nothing, it just waved.

Q: What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A: A nervous wreck.

Q: What did the pirate buy from the Apple store?
A: An iPatch

Knock Knock!

Who’s there?


Turner who?

Turner round because there’s a pirate behind you ready to pick up your junk!

Do you know any pirate jokes? Be sure to share with us the next time we see you!

Happy Sails!


We help you make your junk disappear with no magic tricks, just the effort and strength of our junk removal crews operating near you in the Columbia area.
Say goodbye to household clutter, bulky items like mattresses and furniture, and debris from your home or business by getting no-obligation quotes from The Junk Pirates-approved and insured junk haulers.

Junk Removal Shouldn't Be Difficult

Our mighty buccaneers come aboard your property and raid your junk before you know what happened. Your home or commercial waste becomes our booty to dispose of with 100% eco-responsibility.

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Our eco-friendly appliance removal service prevents ozone-depleting chemicals from leaking into landfills.

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We can remove the carpet if necessary and recycle it instead of having it tossed in the garbage.

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Construction Waste

Let us remove junk from your worksite so you can save money instead of renting a dumpster.

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We are pros at taking care of your old computers, printers, and other electronics, so you don't have to.

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Leave bulky furniture to us. We pick it up, donate what we can, and recycle the rest saving your back and time.

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Getting rid of a mattress is one of the hardest things for homeowners. But call us, and we will handle it all.

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Scrap Metals

Experiencing a storm is stressful. Having to clean up afterward makes things worse. We ease your burden.

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Storm Cleanup

Leave bulky furniture to us. We pick it up, donate what we can, and recycle the rest saving your back and time.

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Yard Debris

Getting rid of yard debris is difficult and time-consuming. First, we haul away heavy tree branches and other debris.

We are here for you and look forward to helping you with ALL your junk removal needs. So call today to get started. Ahoy!