I love Ridwell, and finally have a place to recycle styrofoam! I do hope they continue to add a few more things (like wine corks) that they took as part of the regular service. The city should move to them for recycling!
Call me on a rainy day on a weekend and you’ll usually find me cleaning up my studio from a busy week. Ridwell helps me do this in an environmentally effective way by recycling and repurposing stuff that normally goes in the garbage, such as plastic film and fabric scraps. Love!
To be candid, I was a little skeptical when we initially signed up for Ridwell. I was of course supportive of the objective of less waste, but I wasn't sure we would remember to fill our Ridwell cloth sacks consistently. Was I WRONG!! Our family has easily adopted new recycling behaviors (beyond our regular use of City of Seattle blue bins) because of Ridwell's ease of use and consistent customer service. I now realize how many batteries, lightbulbs, and other plastic film packaging we were not able to otherwise dispose of safely and appropriately. I recommend Ridwell! #DoTheRightThing
I started using this service about a month ago and I can't say enough about it. It's not super expensive (and if you are a single person and you don't think you could use it to it's full extent on your own, I'm sure you could band with a few neighbors and split it) and the stuff that they take! I hardly have any garbage anymore, and I feel good about the fact that I'm not contributing to toxic waste in landfills
I love how Ridwell is making it SO easy for folks to recycle items that require special trips to transfer and recycle stations. Excited for when they can provide it to apartment complexes so we can participate too!
We've been Ridwell customers for about half a year now. We mostly use them for recycling of plastic films - which I wish the city would do - and they also pick up a variety of other items for reuse and recycling. They do what they say they do - we're satisfied customers.
Just signed up last week and so far I'm obsessed with filling up the bags they provide...especially the half garage full of Styrofoam that's been collecting. I also love the concept of the rotating categories (i.e. legos, corks, electrical cords, etc). No more saving all this up all year and making the dump run, hazardous waste run, etc to cut into precious weekend time. Well worth the investment! I also hear that they will soon be adding latex paint!!! Awesome.
Ridwell is amazing, and they recycle plastic film (the main reason I have them) -- this includes your Amazon Mailers! They also regularly collect batteries, light bulbs, "threads" (clothing), Styrofoam (fee is $9), and other items are rotated throughout the year: plastic forks etc., toner cartridges, toothpaste tubs, and tons of other things! I paid upfront and the entire year was only $120 (not including the Styrofoam pick ups).
What more is there to say??? I LOVE Ridwell and have been trying to get more of my friends to use it. What a brilliant idea and my only critique is I wish they had more categories! Everytime I see plastic film, I get a small "ting" of joy to put it in my Ridwell bag.
I honestly think everyone in the city should use their services- genius! They take plastic film, batteries, clothing and lightbulbs every 2 weeks with a special rotating category to help a non profit group in need! Highly, highly recommend.
So, Ridwell is awesome. Since our municipal garbage and recycling systems won't dispose of a lot of stuff you need to get rid of -- batteries, lightbulbs, and most of all, plastic film -- I used to keep that stuff stashed up until finally we'd have to spend a Saturday bringing it to the appropriate places. But Ridwell comes and picks it up for you, disposes of it responsibly, and is really priced. They also, as a bonus, pick up something else each month that you may need to dispose of, such as used kids gear that you've been meaning to bring to the Goodwill. They make sure it gets re-used responsibly. What's more, the price is really reasonable (less than municipal garbage costs us, by my calculation). So they combine giving me back my Saturday with making me feel a little bit less bad about all our waste. And easy on the wallet. HIGHLY recommend.
Ridwell helps people responsibly recycle products that can't (or really shouldn't) be put into your garbage, regular recycling, or yard waste bins. Learn more in our profile of Ridwell CEO Ryan Metzger.