The Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center reopens, by appointment only

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020 the Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center  will reopen by appointment only, following a temporary closure in March 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The center will resume its acceptance of hard to recycle items such as Styrofoam and plastic film, as well as household hazardous waste. Austin/Travis County residents can email or call (512) 974-4343 to schedule a drop-off time. Due to the large volume of appointment requests, there have been some delays. We appreciate your continued patience as we work to get appointments scheduled as quickly as possible.


 At the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center, you can drop off many items to be recycled, reused or safely discarded. You can also pick up free items to reuse yourself.

Most Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center services are free to Austin/Travis County residents, but some services have a fee. Eligibility and cost information are listed with each service.


Household hazardous waste

Drop off your household hazardous waste for safe disposal or reuse. Throwing household hazardous waste in the trash or pouring it down the drain is dangerous and harmful to the environment.

Eligibility and cost

  • Free for Austin and Travis County residents.
  • Fees apply if you do not live in Austin or Travis County.
  • Businesses are not eligible to drop off hazardous waste. For information about how businesses can dispose of hazardous waste, call 512-974-4335.

Accepted items

We accept most household chemicals and many other items that contain hazardous materials. To see whether we accept an item, use the What Do I Do With? tool or see the list of accepted and not accepted items.

Safety guidelines

  • Bring products in original containers; do not mix.
  • Bring items in 5-gallon (or smaller) containers. 
  • Put small containers upright in sturdy boxes.
  • If something is leaking, put it in a container and absorb the spill with cat litter.

Electronics and appliances

If it plugs in, we probably accept it. To see whether we accept an item, use the What Do I Do With? tool or see the list of accepted and not accepted items. Electronics and appliance drop-off is free for everyone.

Clothing and housewares

Clothing and housewares can be dropped off. 

Other recyclables

We accept all single-stream recyclables, as well as plastic bags and film, Styrofoam (NO packing peanuts) and scrap metal. To see whether we accept an item, use the What Do I Do With? tool or see the list of accepted and not accepted items. Recycling drop-off is free for everyone.


There is a fee to drop off tires. The fee depends on the size of the tire:

  • 19 in. or smaller – $6 each
  • 20 in. or larger – $7 each

Brush and yard trimmings

Drop-off is free for Austin residents, but others pay $7 per cubic yard. We do not accept brush from commercial contractors. Large truck or trailer loads will not be accepted after 4:45 p.m.

Accepted brush and yard trimmings

  • Tree limbs
  • Leaves
  • Christmas trees (no decorations)

Not accepted brush and yard trimmings

  • Treated or painted lumber
  • Particle board
  • Construction materials


ReUse Store

Many materials that are dropped off at the center are in usable condition. These items go to the ReUse Store, where other people can pick them up.

The ReUse Store is free for everyone.

Availability varies, but items include:

  • Art supplies
  • Cleaning products
  • Household chemicals
  • Automotive fluids

Austin ReBlend Paint

Austin ReBlend paint is recycled from paint dropped off at the center. Austin ReBlend paint is free for individuals, nonprofits and businesses.


Mulch is available for pickup. You must load the mulch yourself. Mulch is free for everyone.

What to bring

  • Pitchfork or shovel
  • Work gloves
  • Containers for mulch

*Please note that we no longer offer free glass cullet.

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