It’s amazing to see how much we’ve grown, how much I’ve learned, and how incredible our glow-up has been. Ten years ago, I was living in an apartment in Des Moines and looking for a recycling drop-off site. There was only one available, but it was far away and I didn’t have a car. I had just returned from living in a van in New Zealand for seven months. I didn’t even want to put shoes on, let alone worry about a car. You could say my love for sustainability was so great that I thought about creating a business to fix the problem rather than just talking about it.
With the help of incredible friends (thank you Brando, KP, & Grubbs!), RecycleMe Iowa began and we started solving issues left and right. First, we began a doorstep recycling service for apartment tenants. As soon as we got a bit of press, businesses started contacting us asking for help. Then, less than two months later, New Belgium Brewery asked us to execute a zero-waste event. We composted and recycled over 92% of the waste that more than 600 people created. WHOA! It was life-changing. For the past ten years, we have talked so much about trash, constantly reminding people to REDUCE, REUSE, and then RECYCLE.