Blocking odor: Ex-Colts offensive lineman discovers new way to offer protection 


As a right offensive tackle and guard for the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Diem was entrusted with protecting quarterback Peyton Manning.

Now, his main mission is to protect customers from odors emanating from their garbage cans.

“Like most people, I found the odor unbearable at times,” the Zionsville resident said. “I would drag the bins out to the driveway, stick my head (in) and attempt to clean all the crud out of them and try to make them smell better. It never seemed like it worked well or lasted very long.”

Diem said he came across a service that wasn’t being offered in the area. He discovered there were a couple of manufacturers making the specialized vehicles that automated the whole process.

“It instantly piqued my interest,” Diem said. “I thought, ‘What a clever idea, and why not bring that to Indianapolis?’ The opportunity is immense. This is a problem everyone has because your garbage bins smell, and you don’t like it. I figured this is a great solution to help people out and help clean up our communities.”

So Diem launched Bin Scrub at the end of April. The service is available in Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Noblesville, Brownsburg and the northern Indianapolis area. The eco-friendly process removes undesirable odors and grime while eliminating many dangerous germs.

The self-contained trucks use 230-degree, high-pressure water and steam in combination with mild biodegradable deodorizers to strip the odor and grime out of standard household rolling garbage and recycling bins. Diem said with the high temperature, the steam loosens tough deposits and kills germs in the process.

“That’s great because of a lot of bacteria is causing the odor in your bins,” he said. “In this day and age, anything we can do to kill germs would be a benefit to just about everybody.”

Diem said he had been working on the business for a year and wanted to launch sooner but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diem has two trucks and is planning on quickly expanding his fleet.

“Folks are loving it,” he said. “Our rate of retention is almost 100 percent. You wouldn’t want to stop doing this after you started it.”

The trucks can clean dumpsters as well and serve residential and commercial proprieties.

“We’ve done some work at restaurants, hotels and apartment complexes,” he said.

Zionsville resident Emily Thomas has been a  monthly customer since early May.

“We have two garbage cans and one recycling,” Thomas said. “As a family of six we fill them. We keep ours inside our garage and so we went from seriously stinky and frankly disgusting cans to not only clean and stink-free but with an eco-friendly process to boot.”

Curbside cleaning plans are available for as little as $9 per bin, Diem said.

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Second career

After 11 NFL seasons, all with the Indianapolis Colts, Diem said he explored several industries as a partner and investor following his final season in 2011.

“I’ve been involved in several business ventures since I ended my time with the Colts,” Diem said. “Primarily, they were focused on technology investments and some commercial real estate investments as well. This is the first business with employees that I am running myself. The greatest difference is there is always something to do. As an investor, you end up sitting back waiting and watching, putting in two cents here and there. As operating owner, it’s nonstop. It’s exciting and something I’ve been able to create on my own.

“It’s neat to be in charge of the direction on how it operates and how it grows.”

Diem, 41, and his wife, Julia, are involved with a Strike Out Cancer fundraiser at Woodland Bowl, which is held at the end of January. It is a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

“We’re not sure what we will do this year with the current (pandemic) environment, but we plan to do something,” Diem said. “It’s such a worthy cause. We can’t not do it. In the past three years, that event has raised a net of about $300,000.”

Diem said he got involved in the cause 15 years ago, taking part in a golf event to support fundraising for pediatric cancer.

Diem, who has lived in Zionsville for 14-plus years, said he is still passionate about football.

“I played football for over 25 years, so to completely walk away would be impossible,” he said. “I don’t live and die by how any certain team does, but I definitely pay attention to the Colts. I think (coach) Frank Reich and (General Manager) Chris Ballard have been an amazing combination for the club. They’re building something special, and you can see it right in front of our eyes right now.

“The offensive line is fun to watch because they have a really good group right now.”

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