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 fresh and rinsed for every pick-up, eliminating 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.

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, without odor or fuss.



We compost any food waste 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!



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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

Jeff Paine

September 3, 2015

Melanie MacFarlane

September 1, 2015

Tiffany Jaeggi

July 8, 2017

Jerry Quintanilla

September 9, 2018

Alex Bernier

September 9, 2018

Ixi Kirkilis

July 8, 2017

James Taylor

September 9, 2018

Joe Lustri

July 8, 2017

Eli Roden

September 9, 2018

Join our team!

October 6, 2015

Compostable waste collected this year
Recyclables collected this year

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