Doing what’s good for the environment isn’t always easy — but, thanks to Ridwell, doing our part is. | Photo provided by Ridwell
If you’re like us and want to live less cluttered (and more green) in 2023, you’re probably emptying junk drawers and cleaning out closets — and wondering what to do with your unwanted items. Before heading to the trash can with old t-shirts or burnt-out holiday lights, take the sustainable approach: reuse orrecycle what you’re tossing with Ridwell.
Seattle-grown company Ridwellspecializes in keeping materials out of landfills by picking up hard-to-recycle items in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. Read: They come to you, so doing the sustainable thing is easy.
Ridwell started as a father-son project when CEO, Ryan Metzger, and his son, Owen tried to find a way to recycle their batteries in Seattle. After realizing how complicated it was, they made it a weekend project to pick up their neighbors’ batteries along with other hard-to-recycle items. This small project became a recycling carpool that was so popular, it spread across the country.
And the good work is paying off: Since launching in 2018, Ridwell haskept 10+ million pounds of materials out of landfills.
How it works:
Throughout the week, sort items by core categories, like light bulbs, clothes, and plastic wrap, and put them into the nifty cloth bags Ridwell provides. Once a bag is full, drop it in the Ridwell bin by your front door.
Every two weeks, Ridwell picks whatever you’ve set out and gets your stuff to partners that can reuse or recycle it.
In addition to the core categories, Ridwell also picks up a rotating featured category to help members declutter and reduce waste in new ways. Past featured categories have included prescription pill bottles, corks, holiday lights, books, multi-layer plastic food packaging, and more.
Ridwell also offers add-on pickups like Styrofoam and plastic clamshell containers in many areas.
Bulky items that don’t fit in the bin can also be picked up for an additional fee.
Bonus:It’s affordable. The service is $16 per month for three months, $14 per month for six months, and $12 per month for 12 months.
It’s that simple.
Fun fact: Ridwell offers one-of-a-kind transparency to show members where their stuff actually goes. For example, plastic film gets sent to Trex, an innovative company that turns plastic into high-performance decking for homes.
Concerto Competition: Piano and Keyboard | Monday, Jan. 23 | 5:30 p.m. | The University of Washington’s School of Music Building, Skagit Ln + E. Stevens Way NE, Seattle | Free | UW students tickle those ivories for a chance to perform with the school’s symphony.
PacSci Happy Hour | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle | $20 | Grab a cocktail and small bites as you enjoy shows at PacSci’s biggest attractions.
Early Eyes: “Look Alive! Tour” | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 8:30 p.m. | Madame Lou’s, 2505 First Ave., Seattle | $16 | The Minneapolis-based indie pop band has a new batch of songs that are as catchy as they are angsty.
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Life should be a balance of adventure and relaxation — not finances. Enter: Working with a financial advisor. But choosing the wrong one could potentially wreak havoc on your retirement and investments.
Watch out for king tides. Forecasts call for the highest tides of the year to arrive now through Wednesday, Jan. 25. Dry weather should prevent severe flooding, but Seattle Public Utilities is working with low-lying areas like South Park to prepare, just in case. (Seattle Times)
Sunrise + Sunset
Rise: 7:46 a.m.
Set: 4:56 p.m.
Anybody looking for office space? After more than a decade, Amazon is ditching the West 8th tower in Denny Triangle when its lease is up in April. The company — which had been leasing ~70% of the 539,000-sqft building — said the move is related to increasing remote work. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Cue the end credits — downtown movie megaplex Regal Meridianwill close in February, part of the national chain’s cutbacks in the wake of a bankruptcy filing. The Regal was known for incredibly cozy reclining chairs and a wideassortment of concessions —including booze. 📽️ (KING 5)
Seattle Sounders FC scored a major new sponsor in Providence Swedish. The partnership includes a collaborative youth mental health program with the Renton School District. Providence Swedish will also provide health care services to the MLS soccer squad — and fresh jerseys. ⚽
The Seattle Kraken lost to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday in an overtime shootout. But the team is only one point away from first place in the league’s Pacific Division. The Kraken have also already matched their win total from last year with 36 games left to go. 🏒
Time to plan a staycation.Seattle was ranked among the top 25 tourist destinations in the US on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice list. The website mentioned the Central Library and Pike Place Market among the notable spots to check out. 💚 (TripAdvisor)
OK, campers, rise and shine. Groundhog Day is right around the corner, and it’s got us thinking about what day in Seattle history we’d like to do over and over. Let us know yours and you may appear in a future newsletter.
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Editor’s pick: I’ve recently been woken up late at night to the sound of scurrying around my garage. That’s why the realization that rats can come up through toilets has shaken me to my core.
I guess that’s what I get for living in Rat City (White Center). Just to be safe, I may have to use the fancy, sky-high bathroom in the Columbia Tower — there’s no way the lil’ buggers can get me there, right?
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