This Earth Day, we can all take actionable steps to make the world we share a better, healthier and safer place for all living beings. Ridwell, a Seattle-based company, has recently moved to Boulder and is helping residents do just that – every day of the year. Learn more about this innovative waste-management company turning typical trash disposal on its head.
What Is Ridwell?
Ridwell is a recycling company that helps individuals better dispose of hard-to-recycle materials by picking them up from your doorstep every two weeks. The company touts that they pick up almost everything – from Amazon envelopes to old t-shirts. They work to alleviate the burden of research that comes along with ethically disposing of certain materials. They’ve recently expanded into the Boulder area and are serving 688 homes (and counting).
Why Does Ridwell Exist?
Ridwell was founded because properly getting rid of some materials is difficult to do. It can take hours of research, calling and driving around to get rid of certain hazardous materials like batteries and paint. Years ago, the founder of Ridwell had trouble disposing of batteries properly. He spent countless hours researching ways to get rid of his old batteries before finally finding a location that would accept them. He asked his neighbors if they had any batteries so he could essentially “carpool” a bunch of waste and help people out in the process. This process continued until he had quite a following, and thus, Ridwell was born.
Ridwell Comes To Boulder
Recently, Ridwell opened its doors in Boulder, Colorado and is serving zip codes 80302, 80304, 80301, 80303, 80026, 80027 and 80305. Services start at $12 a month and clients can easily customize their pick up schedule and options. 79,000 people across the country are participating in this innovative waste management and recycling program.
Celebrate Earth Day With An Action Step
Although adding another item on our already lengthy to-do lists can seem daunting, being stewards of the planet takes a little bit of intentionality. Fortunately, Ridwell provides a simple way to foster a healthy way forward, reduce your family’s footprint, and support a green business that is actually green, not just green washing.
Boulder is at the forefront of many green-focused practices and gives its residents plenty of ways to keep our city beautiful, healthy and clean. Choose something to do this Earth Day, April 22, that has a lasting ripple effect – no matter how big or small.