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.
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.
- 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.
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
Brush drop off has moved to the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant. Effective September 1, 2021, the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center will no longer accept brush drop off but will divert their customers to the Hornsby location at 2210 FM 973. The new location has a much larger capacity for brush drop off and will prevent some of the traffic jams and safety hazards previously experienced at the multi-purpose Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center. No appointment is necessary at Hornsby.
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.
Information for other counties