With Amazon Prime Day having ushered in a spending spree for online shoppers, all those products purchased came in their own separate packaging that must be disposed of somehow.

While the cardboard boxes are easily recycled, many people also try to dispose of Amazon’s plastic film packing products in a conventional recycling bin, said Ryan Metzger, cofounder of Ridwell, a company that recycles unconventional materials.

Since Amazon Prime Day produced a proliferation of plastic film products, Ridwell offered a free service, gathering and recycling any Amazon packaging for interested users from July 22 to Aug. 1.

“We saw all the momentum around Prime Day and how it was going to be the biggest ever, which I believe it was,” Metzger said. “We wanted to contribute to that, because we saw that there was a lot of extra packaging that would be in service as part of that that would be circulated in the community, and we know that a lot of that can’t be recycled in city bins.”

Metzger said the service was all about giving back to the community.

“We wanted to make a bigger impact than normal, by having a free pickup after the Prime Day festivities,” he said. “We did that. We had a sign-up form where people, without even paying, could sign up and opt in for a packaging pickup.”

About 1,000 people expressed interest in Ridwell’s Prime Day offering, though some could not make use of the service, because they were located outside of Seattle.

As it stands, Ridwell has expanded its overall service from its roots in Queen Anne to West Seattle and neighborhoods south of downtown. It has also expanded its clientele from more than 400 to more than 1,600 customers in the last six months.

Ridwell focuses on four main categories: plastic film, threads, batteries and light bulbs. The plastic film covers anything from Amazon packaging to scrunchable plastics that should not be recycled in a regular bin. Threads refer to clothing and shoes. Ridwell also encourages people to set aside their batteries and light bulbs, so the company can recycle them properly.

Ridwell recently added styrofoam to its service.

“We are fortunate in this market where we have a styrofoam recycler down in Kent, so they have a process where they heat it up and make it much more dense,” Metzger said. “I learned it’s actually a 90-1 ratio. So, 90 square inches become 1 square inch. It’s pretty incredible.”

This type of recycled styrofoam is often used for things like picture frames and moulding.

Ridwell is also active in the nonprofit sector.

“So, our service has four categories all the time, and then as a fifth it rotates,” Metzger said, “many times helping a local nonprofit who has a need in the community.”

Right now, Ridwell is collecting bedding for a local animal shelter.

“They collect bedding and things like that to help animals feel warm and welcome and warm and fuzzy and stuff like that, so we’re collecting people’s old towels and sheets and are giving them to this organization,” Metzger said.

The entire concept of the business started when Metzger found he had piles of things in his house that could not be recycled in the conventional manner, but didn’t want to throw away. He and his son began figuring out where each category of material could go to be recycled, and then shared the information with their neighbors and helped them recycle similar items.

“We would pick a category on a Saturday and take it and offer to take some neighbors’ too,” Metzger said. “Really, what kept me motivated was just the response from the community.”

He said the feedback from his neighbors was overwhelmingly positive.

“It really just was motivating to get that reaction, and we continue to get that today, even though it has transitioned to Ridwell,” Metzger said. “The enthusiasm we get from the community, which we started in Queen Anne, has been very motivating to us.”

Ridwell’s plans start at $10 a month. Visit getridwell.com for more information.