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New Recyling company prevented from coming to OC

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New Recyling company prevented from coming to OC

Ridwell’s service got squashed!

Landfilling is Not Sustainable: A New company was set to pick up things we can’t recycle elsewhere.

We were so excited that Ridwell chose Oregon City for their next expansion town. Ridwell is a service that picks up stuff at your front door and ensures it gets sustainably reused or recycled so that it stays out of our landfill. Over 600 families in Oregon City expressed interest in using Ridwell BUT they have run into jurisdictional restrictions placed on them by Clackamas County, which has responded to pressure from agents of the garbage-hauling franchise system to halt Ridwell’s operations, even though there is zero overlap between the services.

They even had to suspend service indefinitely for folks that were already signed up and participating in biweekly pickups as full members (in zip codes where they had already launched) but whose residences fall within unincorporated parts of the county. So, at this point in time, they are sadly unable to launch their full service, nor even conduct any more free pickups in Oregon City without potentially bringing some threatened enforcement actions to bear. Ridiculous!  I’m outraged. Are you?  When something is in the best interest of our earth…the answer is ALWAYS YES.  ALWAYS.  Our children are depending on us to figure out how to be better stewards of our earth so they have a place to live.

You can help by letting our local officials know why Ridwell is important to you, and that you want them to immediately find a solution that enables Ridwell’s services to resume as quickly as possible. Contact Clackamas County legislators: please click here.

Learn more about this struggle on their website here.

They currently serve 8,000 families in Portland and Beaverton, and they have already made a truly inspiring impact there. Why can’t we have this environmentally responsible service too? They have already prevented this from going into the landfill:

  • 46,000 lbs. of Plastic film
  • 6,000 lbs. of Lightbulbs
  • 20,000 lbs. of Batteries
  • 65,000 lbs. of Threads
  • 4,000 lbs. of Styrofoam

Clamshells were not recyclable anywhere in Oregon and were the #1 request from Ridwell members. You can learn more about how it works in this KGW news story that aired. The Oregonian also covered the news and spoke to representatives from the City of Portland about how they were able to find space for Ridwell to operate alongside other recycling services.

Like plastic film, batteries, light bulbs, threads, and all of their featured categories, any new additions to their service will be a complement to any curbside services already being provided.

In addition to adding new categories, their team is working hard to get approval to get past this hurdle. They will begin providing service as soon as they can get the green light from our city officials. Our job is to put pressure on them!

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Collect hard-to-recycle items in your Ridwell bags: They give you bags to store your batteries, light bulbs, plastic film, and threads. These are your core categories! These are things we dispose of everyday without a good recycling or reuse solution.  But Ridwell can help us with that!

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Kristina Browning is a Realtor in Oregon City. She is a fan of its entrepreneurial spirit and created OregonCityGuide for those residents and people considering Oregon City to purchase a home. This helps those who are considering moving to SE Portland, Oregon City or West Linn. So if you are needing a real estate agent in Oregon City or beyond, don’t hesitate to Call, Text or Email. You can find her contact information here: Kristina Browning 503-505-3798 or Kristina @ SpaceAnd Reason dot com.
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