We believe small actions
still count.

We prove it by empowering 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

We're all born and raised in the great Pacific Northwest and headquartered in Seattle.


Product | Design

Carves spoons from recycled wood


Tech | Engineering

Built tomato planters out of an old fence


Operations | Logistics

Stopped buying new clothes three years ago


Inspiration | Lollipops

Dismantles old electronics in spare time


CEO | Marketing

Second child uses only reused clothing