Join your neighbors in Minneapolis-St. Paul wasting less.

Ridwell makes it easy to recycle, reuse and donate the items you no longer need. You collect; we pick it up. Then, we work with local partners to put all that stuff to good use.

Interested? Share your email* and zip below.


*And, no, we won't share it with anyone else.

Get to know Ridwell

We believe small actions still matter

Our Story

Ridwell was started by a dad and his son on a mission to dispose of stuff responsibly. (Turns out, that's no small feat!)

Today, we're a community-based service that helps people waste less by collecting items they no longer need.

Ridwell Founder Ryan and his son Owen standing with a pile of bags to recycle

How it works

Our members receive a Ridwell bin and clearly marked bags for collecting their used items. Bins and overflow bags are picked up bi-weekly.

What exactly do we take? Ridwell focuses on items not generally accepted curbside like plastic bags and film, batteries*, lightbulbs, and threads (like shoes and clothes).

There's also a featured category that rotates every two weeks. It might be eyeglasses one week and bike tires a few weeks later. And, yes, we'll let you know in advance!

* Availability varies by neighborhood

A Ridwell plastic film bag being placed into a Ridwell bin

Our Twin Cities Partners

To bring our service full circle, we work with local and regional partners to find an appropriate place to recycle, upcycle, or donate the items we collect.

Our friends at Loaves and Fishes, Free Geek, and Bridging are helping our vision become a reality. Know of an organization that would want to work with us? We'd love to meet them!

Loaves and Fishes Volunteers preparing food for the community

Wasting less really gets people excited

"A great way to support people and the planet"

Ridwell fills the gaps in traditional curbside recycling by collecting hard-to-recycle items. Plus, they donate items I no longer use to community partners in need. A great way to support people and the planet!


South Minneapolis

"We feel so good knowing we are reducing our waste!"

We just moved back to Minneapolis from Portland and we used Ridwell when we lived there. It’s so convenient and easy to use and we felt so good knowing we were reducing our waste! Our most-recycled category is definitely plastic film. You don’t realize how much you’re throwing away until you’re given the opportunity to recycle it instead!


Tangletown, Minneapolis

We've saved
over 20 million pounds
from the landfill

Join our cause for a less wasteful future.

A ridwell warehouse employee sorting through recyclables
Ridwell at Walker Art Center

So... are you with us?

Sharing your email lets us know you're interested in our service and our mission to waste less.