FREE PUBLIC CARDBOARD DROP-OFF 8:00am-2:00pm Monday-Friday

Break it Down is designated critical infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic, and our public cardboard drop-off is available. If you have a car or pickup-truck of flattened cardboard, please follow the instructions. If you have a larger load, please call 512.497.3477 ext. 1.

  1. We are located on East MLK just past 183. Our address is 7400 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724. You can navigate via Google or Apple Maps.
  2. When you see the train tracks up ahead, slow down and get into your turn lane. Turn left into the FIRST entrance (no signs). The second entrance is a mechanic/car wash.
  3. Drive through the open gate. Across from the warehouse with the yellow doors, there will be metal “hoppers” (small dumpsters with no lids).
  4. Please load your cardboard into the hoppers while wearing gloves or after sanitizing your hands, and practice social distancing to protect the public health. If you are sick, stay home and come back 3 days after your symptoms are gone.
  5. The drop-off is free of charge. Please always check our website if you choose to come back as hours and availability may change!

At Break it Down we envision a world where resources are valued, not wasted.

No one works harder at composting and recycling than the crew at Break it Down. We operate 7 days a week to accommodate your waste diversion needs.

Break it Down sets the standard for excellence here in Austin:

  • Our sealable compost bins are rinsed between every pick-up, reducing odor and other nuisance issues.
  • We accept more materials for composting than any other hauler.
  • Our full-stream recycling program means we take recyclables others won’t.
  • We access spaces that others cannot; we find solutions to your waste management problems.
  • We operate 7 days a week to keep you from overflowing on busy weekends.

Ready to reduce waste at your restaurant, office, store, or school? Our customizable full-stream program will get you there.

Contact us today to get started!


Our valet-style green bin service ensures that your office’s environmental impact is lessened while keeping odors at a minimum.



We compost any food waste, including meat and bones, and can schedule as many pick-ups as your restaurant, hotel, or school needs – even on weekends!



Let Break it Down create a comprehensive, full-stream recycling service tailor-made to fit the needs of your business!



Looking to minimize your impact but live in an apartment? Let Break it Down capture all the compostable material and ensure it stays out of the landfill!



Some of our clients who are breakin’ it down

Composting and recycling in action!

Break it Down was founded in 2009 by husband and wife duo Jeff Paine and Melanie MacFarlane.

What began as recognition that there were no composting services available for local businesses has grown to include the most comprehensive recycling and composting service in town.

Meet the Break it Down crew

Melanie MacFarlane

Jeff Paine

Thalia Bachmann-Padilla

Nikki Chambers

Donathan Chandler Jr

James Chapa

Jeremy Datoush

Juan Guerrero

Harrell Fowler Jr

Tiffany Jaeggi

Ixi Kirkilis

Joe Lustri

Emily Mighton

Larry Wellington

Michael Wright

Lieutenant Coggins

Join our team!

Join our team!

Join our team!

Join our Team!

Compostable waste collected this year
Recyclables collected this year


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