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 event’s impact? 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

Curtis Allen

Thalia Bachmann-Padilla

Nikki Chambers

Donathan Chandler Jr

George Christion

Jeremy Datoush

Esteban Garcia

Juan Guerrero

Tiffany Jaeggi

Ixi Kirkilis

Joe Lustri

Emily Mighton

Jerry Quintanilla

Lieutenant Coggins


Join our team!

Join our team!

Join our Team!

Compostable waste collected this year
Recyclables collected this year

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