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There’s a new service in town that’s inspiring people to create a future without waste! The company Ridwell makes it easy to reuse and recycle more by identifying recyclable and reusable items that the city doesn’t collect, picking them up from your doorstep, and matching them with partners that can use them sustainably.
Ridwell focuses on hard-to-recycle items like batteries, lightbulbs, plastic film, and clothes. They then give the items to local nonprofits in need. From March 21 through April 3, they collected kids books which were donated to Bookspring. From April 4 through 17 hey will be collecting and donating foods for Hope Food Pantry. Then, from April 18 through May 1, they will collect and donate blankets, towels, and sheets for Austin Humane Society.
With spring cleaning season in effect, it’s a great way to de-clutter conveniently. And here’s a fun fact: the company was started by a 6-year-old!
Service is only available in certain zip codes at this time but more will be added soon. Areas currently being served are as follows:
Northwest: 78726, 78759, 78750, 78729, 78717
East: 78722, 78702, 78723, 78721, 78725, 78724
South: 78745, 78748, 78704
North: 78727, 78758, 78728
Central (launches this week): 78705, 78751, 78701, 78756, 78752, 78757
West Austin: coming soon!
FREE FUN ALERT: Friends of the Austin.com family can try the service for FREE. You’ll get a free month when signing up for membership (starting at $12 a month) by clicking through this link!
You can also get involved with Ridwell to give back even more.
On Saturday, April 9 they will take part in a creek cleanup , also hosted by Windsor Park Neighborhood Association Parks & Schools Committee and Keep Austin Beautiful.
Come together for a spring clean-up of Tannehill Branch Creek in Windsor Park. $10 for each bag collected will be donated in your name to the Windsor Park High School Senior Scholarship Fund and all participants will receive a free month of service from Ridwell!
What: Creek Cleanup
When: Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 5201 Berkman Drive, Austin
To learn more about Ridwell and join the movement, click here.