The Downtown Recycling Center

Central Austin at 707 E. 9th St. on the west side of IH-35.  For directions see Hours and Location.

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8 to 4, Sunday: Closed to volunteers and community service workers.

Please sort your materials into our clearly marked bins AND don't leave us with any items we do NOT take.


Bring your:

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Paper and Pressed Cardboard (like cereal boxes and egg cartons)
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Aluminum Cans, Foil, and Pie plates
  • Tin Cans
  • Metal - including metal appliances, except appliances that have contained coolant
  • Plastic (#1 thru #7). Included are bottles, jars, drink containers, and trays.
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Clean and dry plastic bags and bubble wrap
  • Small Amounts of Residential Telephone Books, books (Hard cover Books MUST have covers removed)
  • Used cooking oil  (No petroleum or motor oils)
  • Electronics (see below for details)
  • Expanded Polystyrene Foam (think white blocks that come with electronics). NO peanuts.
  • Batteries
  • Light Bulbs (no flourescents)
  • Reusable household items like furniture, clothing, and appliances
not accepted

Leave these at home!

  • Chemicals
  • NO foam peanuts whatsoever
  • plate glass, pyrex anything
  • glass serving bowls, trays, etc.
  • waxed containers, e.g. milk, soy milk, juice
  • Pallets
  • PVC
  • VHS Tapes
  • CD's
  • Cassettes

Electronics  We recycle any and all used electronics. Want to know if your item is classified as a recyclable used electronic? Ask yourself these three questions to see if Ecology Action can accept it:

  • Does it plug in?
  • Does it have a circuit board?
  • Is it not an appliance?

If you can answer yes to all three questions, we can recycle it. Here are some examples of everyday electronics that we can accept:

Televisions | Fax Machines | Oscilloscopes | Computer Monitors | Optical Drives| PC Boards Computers | DVD Players | Loose PCBAs | Laptops | VCR / Beta(players not tapes) | Keyboards | Cables & Cords Printers | Radios | Computer Mice | Stereo Components | Hard Drives | Tape & Zip Drives