We believe small actions
still count.

We prove it by empowering neighbors and communities
to build a less wasteful future.

Our story

It all started with a son, a dad, and a bag of batteries…

Ryan knew that batteries had chemicals in them so began researching where in Seattle to dispose of them. This was not an easy task. Locations start and stop accepting batteries and it wasn’t until Ryan’s third call that he found a safe destination.

Thinking that neighbors might also have dead batteries, Ryan decided to see if he could take others along the way: a recycling carpool.

Owen was thrilled. He and Ryan started scrounging around their house for other things they could recycle: light bulbs, electronics, clothes hangers, Styrofoam, plastic bags, clothing, and even Halloween candy!

Each time, Ryan and Owen would tell their neighbors so they could also save their stuff from landfills. Pickups got bigger and bigger and eventually word spread beyond Ryan and Owen’s neighborhood.

Soon, the demand was too high to be handled by just a dad and his six year old. Aliya, Justin, and David jumped in to help with pickups, donations, and spreading the word around town.

Still, demand continued to grow and we decided that there just might be enough people who shared our vision of the future. And so we founded Ridwell, a solution you can always count on to get rid of things the right way.

Our team

Born and raised in the great Pacific Northwest and headquartered in Seattle.

Aliya

Co-founder | Product

Carves spoons from recycled wood

David

Co-founder | Engineering

Built tomato planters out of an old fence

Justin

Co-founder | Operations

Stopped buying new clothes three years ago

Owen

Inspiration | Lollipops

Dismantles old electronics in spare time

Ryan

Co-founder | CEO

Second child uses only reused clothing

Bridget

Marketing

Clayton

Operations

Dan

Engineering

Dan

Operations | Member Success

Danae

Design

Emilie

Growth

Ellen

Member Success

James

Operations

Jenn

Operations

Kelsey

Operations

Matt

Operations

Ruth

Operations

Sam

Operations

Sydni

Member Success

Tomas

Operations

Want to join us in building a less wasteful future?

our mission

Make it simple to get rid of your stuff responsibly.

We pick up your stuff at your front door and we make sure it gets sustainable reused or recycled. You know your stuff stays out of the landfill.

Develop and discover new options for old things.

We invest in new recycling partners and processes to promote waste diversion. We seek out new reuse partners to find homes for things that still have value.

Support responsible consumption by helping companies close the loop.

We help consumers find companies that commit to sustainability. We make it viable for companies to reuse their packaging and product materials by picking up from consumers and delivering back to their warehouses.