One Cool Thing: Recycling Responsibly, Made Easy

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Do you have a bag of used batteries sitting in your home just waiting to be properly recycled? Has that bag been sitting there for longer than you’d like to admit? Yeah, us too…

This is why we were thrilled to stumble upon Ridwell, a startup founded by a  Seattle dad and his son that collects hard-to-dispose-of items for reuse or responsible recycling.

As Geekwire reported, Ridwell subscribers use labeled cotton bags to toss out old batteries, light bulbs, clothing and shoes, and plastic film — including produce and dry cleaning bags, six-pack rings and Amazon bubble envelopes — all items that generally otherwise end up in the trash. It’s not yet available everywhere, but can launch in places of high interest!

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