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 Ridwell specializes in keeping materials out of landfills by picking up hard-to-recycle items in neighborhoods throughout Portland. 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.
Trivia Mondays | Monday, Jan. 23 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | 10 Barrel Brewing, 1411 NW Flanders St., Portland | Free | Put your knowledge to the test to take home a cash prize — and bragging rights.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
The Low Bar Chorale | Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Show Bar, 1300 SE Stark St. #101, Portland | $10 | Sing your heart out alongside a live band and make your “American Idol” dreams come true — without an audition or judgment.
Wednesday, Jan. 25
OMSI After Dark: Fantasy & Folklore | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 6-10 p.m. | OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland | $25 | Step back in time with a storytelling bard and wandering minstrels to discover the once-commonplace trades of sword fighting, juggling, cartography, and more.
Thursday, Jan. 26
“USS Improvise: The Next Generation: The Musical” | Thursday, Jan. 26-Saturday, Feb. 4 | 7-9 p.m. | Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., Portland | $14-$18 | Boldly enter the “Next Generation” of comedy at these live, unscripted “episodes” where characters improvise their way through the universe’s final frontier.
Saturday, Feb. 11
A Night of Love | Saturday, Feb. 11 | 7-10 p.m. | Briq Studio, 209 NW Fourth Ave., Portland | $80-$150 | Make your Valentine feel special at this cooking event featuring food, music + everything you need for a memorable evening. *
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The curtain is about to draw back on the world premiere of “Young Americans.” The play by Lauren Yee and commissioned by Portland Center Stage takes audiences on two road trips set in different times, both offering glimpses into the immigrant experience. It runs Saturday, Feb. 11-Sunday, March 26. 🎭
Oregon Zoo polar bear Nora is helping conservation scientists by testing a new device called the Burr on Fur. Officials said the tech attaches to fur “like a heavy-duty barrette” and falls off on its own — and could be used to track wild female and male bears, unlike satellite collars.
A convocation of migrating bald eagles has descended upon The Dalles Lock and Dam. Park rangers said up to ~40 eagles are in the area each day, catching fish and attracting birdwatchers. Get a bird’s eye view at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center this month, open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (KGW)
Hear from Ari Shapiro, the host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” as he shares his experiences as a globe-trekking broadcaster on Sunday, April 2 at Revolution Hall. Tickets to his talk with Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale include a copy of Shapiro’s memoir, “The Best Strangers in the World.” 🎟️
Intel’s plan to build a $700 million “mega lab” in Hillsboro is off the table. The chipmaker is tightening its purse strings as sales decline and will seek “more cost-effective real estate options.” Intel said the research intended to take place at the lab will go on but at a different Oregon venue. 🖥️ (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
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Editor’s pick: While visiting the Clinton Street Theater last week to watch “Cat Daddies” (which I highly recommend for any and all feline fans out there), I learned that the theater can be rented out.
Imagine a private screening with your closest friends for a birthday or a catered get-together with coworkers — sounds like a good time to me.
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