Ridwell recycling service ordered to stop operating in unincorporated Washington, Clackamas Counties

The company picks up hard-to-recycle items for members around Portland. Local trash haulers argue it is skirting regulations their companies have to follow.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oregon — Ridwell, a Seattle-based startup that picks up hard-to-recycle items from households around the Portland metro, has been ordered to stop service in unincorporated Clackamas and Washington Counties. 

“Both jurisdictions have asked us to stop operating,” said Caleb Weaver, Ridwell’s vice president of public affairs. “That’s disappointing. From our perspective, we don’t believe we need to stop operating.” 

The company picks up items you can’t recycle with your standard curbside pickup — things like plastic to-go containers, light

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