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Sign-up for Summer Depot Tours!

Ever wondered what happens to your recycling once it leaves the curb?
Now’s your chance to find out – join Dan the Recycling Man for an exclusive behind-the-scenes Tour of the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot!

Tour Dates and Times:
Wednesday, July 5th – 9:00am and 5:30pm
Wednesday, August 2nd – 9:00am and 5:30pm

Tours are 30 minutes long, and open to all ages. Here’s your chance to ask all those nagging sorting questions that have been bugging you! Kids get a special gift at the end of the tour 🙂

Interested? Email summeroutreach@rmrecycling.org to sign up! Tour spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Apartment Recycling Survey on NOW!!

Do you live in an apartment? Are you a Maple Ridge Resident? We want to hear from you.

From now until June 30 we are running an Apartment Customer Satisfaction Survey to learn more about how we can improve our program.

Please take our short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMRSapartmentsurvey2017

At the end of the survey, enter to WIN one of three $100 gift cards to a grocery store of your choice!

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Bags in Bags, Please! May, 2017 Recycling Report

If you don’t already, please separate SOFT plastic in one grocery bag and put HARD plastic loose in your red recycling box. This makes it easier to separate at the Depot. Thank you!!

Our May newsletter includes the winners from our Home Show contest, Earth Day 2017 photos & videos, and a call for students looking for summer work!

Click to view a pdf copy of the RMRS May, 2017 Newsletter. This and past newsletters are archived on our website.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletters & get all our recycling updates, news, and tips emailed straight to your inbox! You can unsubscribe at any time.

We are Hiring!! 3 Swamper/Process Worker/Supported Work Assistant positions available for students!

3 Process Worker/Swamper/Supported Work Assistant Positions Available

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society has three summer positions available for students returning to school in the fall. All positions will start Monday, June 26, 2017 and end on Friday, August 25, 2017 (term: 9 weeks).

All positions are full time and pay $14.00/hour. Shifts will be Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 3:00pm. Please send in your applications ASAP.

Tasks & Responsibilities:
-processing and sorting recyclable commodities
-assisting the public to unload products from their vehicles
-monitoring the pubic drop off front line area and providing direction to the public
-general cleanup: ensuring the production area is clean and organized at all times
-picking up recycling boxes and bags at curbside and sorting into bins on the curbside truck
-delivering recycling boxes
-all other duties as assigned

These activities will take place throughout the community and at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot. Applicants must be hard workers. Work schedule may be flexible and include some weekends. Must be bondable. Send resume & cover letter via email to David Felkranz, Collections Supervisor, at david@rmrecycling.org

Applications & resumes can be also submitted in person at the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society office, 10092 – 236th Street (at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot office), or by fax to 604-467-6100. All applicants must be returning to school in September, 2017.

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Government of Canada through their Canada Summer Jobs Grant.

 

Ridge Meadows Recycling – Spring Updates!

Spring is full of activity at Ridge Meadows Recycling! In addition to screening the brand-new movie, “A Plastic Ocean,” upcoming programs & events include the Spring Brush Chipping Program, two events – our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the LAST (Life After School Transition) Committee’s Transition Resource Fair – on April 4, and Celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Finally, if you have recycling pickup on Fridays or Mondays, don’t forget about the Easter Weekend Holiday Pickup Schedule. Details below…
First up is the Thursday, March 23 screening of the powerful new film, “A Plastic Ocean,” at 7:00pm at the Maple Ridge Council Chambers. Presented by Ridge Meadows Recycling, Cinema Politica, and Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada. Guest panel and Q&A session afterwards. Be one of the first to see this award-winning film about the impact of plastic in our oceans, marine life, and our own health. Admission is free. View the trailer at www.plasticoceans.org

Easter Weekend – Curbside Recycling Pickup Schedule:
Reminder of our Easter Weekend Holiday Schedule – there will be NO CURBSIDE RECYCLING PICKUP on either Good Friday (April 14) or Easter Monday (April17). As per our new 2017 schedule, the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will be OPEN on both Good Friday AND Easter Monday.

Along with Easter comes the set-out dates for the City of Maple Ridge’s Spring Brush Chipping Program. Set-out deadlines are Tuesday, April 18 for residents who live WEST of 224th Street and Monday, May 1 for residents living EAST of 224th Street. No pre-registration necessary, simply place branches at curbside by set-out deadlines for pickup & chipping. See www.rmrecycling.org for details regarding set-out. Please note the set-out dates are when brush chipping begins in each area, but it will take around two weeks to pick up all the piles in each area, depending on the amount that is set out.

This year, Ridge Meadows Recycling Society’s Annual General Meeting takes place at The Well Restaurant inside Chances Gaming Centre on Tuesday, April 4 starting at 6:30pm. Current and new members are welcome to join us for our business meeting followed by refreshments and mingling.

Also on Tuesday, April 4, the LAST (Life After School Transition) Committee is hosting a Transition Resource Fair at Thomas Haney Secondary School starting at 7pm. At the Fair, students with extra support needs, their families, and caregivers can meet representatives from different agencies and service providers to help plan the transition from high school to continuing education, employment, recreation, and beyond!

Plans are well underway for this year’s Celebrate Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22 from 10am – 2pm in Memorial Peace Park as Earth Day goes “Back to Nature.”

**NOTE!! Poetry Contest Deadline Extended!! Entries are now being accepted until Friday, April 7.

Earth Day Lead-up events designed to get residents outdoors and exploring nature have already started and are happening every weekend until the event – see www.mrearthday.ca for details and sign up on the EventBrite link.

There are plenty of exciting activities in store at the main event on April 22 including a special Haney Farmers Market, an expanded Food Truck Festival, and the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation’s annual Spin-a-Thon fundraiser on the Bandstand! In addition to arts, crafts, and performers, you will also find old favourites like the Family Freecycle, the Cycle Recycle Free Bike Draw, and VEVA’s Electric Vehicle Display. More information at www.mrearthday.ca or on the Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge Facebook Page. See you there!

Summer Hours & Easter Holiday Recycling Pickup Schedule

NOTE! Starting Saturday, April 1, we will be changing to SUMMER HOURS at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot.

From April 1 – September 30, the Depot will be open Monday – Saturday from 8:00am – 6:00pm, adding an extra hour to our Winter Hours. Sundays & holiday hours will stay the same – open from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The Maple Ridge Transfer Station will be open the same hours.

Following the new 2017 schedule, the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will be OPEN EVERY DAY on Easter Weekend, but note that Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17 will be open holiday hours from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Reminder – though the Depot will be open, there will be NO BLUE BOX CURBSIDE RECYCLING PICKUP on FRIDAY, APRIL 14 OR MONDAY, APRIL 17 due to the Easter Holiday weekend.

Hoppy Easter from Ridge Meadows Recycling!

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Looking Forward to Spring – RMRS February 2017 Newsletter Now Online

So despite a few disruptions, we made it through the snows and storms! Our crews were superstars working in the cold, snowy, rainy, and difficult conditions and we appreciate residents’ patience & understanding in the areas our trucks couldn’t reach due to road & weather conditions.

Looking forward to Spring, there are composter, solar cone, bear-resistant bins, and rain barrel sales starting up, the Spring Brush Chipping Program set-out deadlines, Earth Day 2017 lead-up events and photo/poetry contests, an exciting new movie premiere, our Easter holiday pickup schedule, and more!

Click to view a pdf copy of the RMRS February, 2017 Newsletter. This and past newsletters are archived on our website.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletters & get all our recycling updates, news, and tips emailed straight to your inbox! You can unsubscribe at any time.

 

Solar Cone Food Digesters, Composters, Bear-Resistant Bins, & Rain Barrels now on sale!

We have once again opened our annual sales of Composters ($65), Solar Cone Food Digesters ($145), Bear-Resistant Bins ($100/non-MR residents $150), & Rain Barrels ($70). Residents can order any of these through the online form below, by visiting the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot at 10092 – 236th Street, or by calling RMRS’s office at 604-463-5545.

Since Metro Vancouver’s Organics Disposal Ban, people are paying more attention to what happens with their food scraps. If you have a garden, Composters will turn veggie & fruit scraps into rich, nutrient-filled topsoil. People may be less familiar with Solar Cones, which use the sun’s energy to break down food items that cannot go in the Composter, including bread, bones & meat, and milk products, into carbon dioxide and water, which harmlessly dissipate into the surrounding soil.

Bear-Resistant Organics ToteBear-Resistant Bins, which look like regular rolling totes, have reinforced lids and a locking mechanism that frustrates bears and deters them from seeking food in residential areas. In addition to the bins helping residents comply to municipal bylaws and the BC Wildlife Act, Maple Ridge residents also benefit from a $50 subsidy provided by the City of Maple Ridge.
Intense summer draught a couple of years ago boosted the profile of Rain Barrels, which enabled residents to water their lawns and gardens throughout the summer using collected rainwater and helped lower municipal water demands. Rain water, free from chlorine and water treatment chemicals, is an excellent water source for lawns, plants and gardens.

Download the 2017 RMRS Environmental Program Information Sheet for Composters, Solar Cones, Bear-Resistant Bins, & Rain Barrels.

Order Form for Solar Cones, Rain Barrels, & Bear-Resistant Organics Bins

Please place your order below. After your form is submitted, we will contact you to arrange payment & delivery. Thank you for helping keep our planet green!
    *Note: The City of Maple Ridge is providing a $50 subsidy for Bear-Resistant Organics Bins to Maple Ridge residents ONLY. Residents of Pitt Meadows can purchase bins for $150. Rain Barrels, Bear-Resistant Bins, Solar Cones, & Composters only available to residents of Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows.
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Inclement Weather…

Snow IconWith the recent inclement weather, here are some things to keep in mind: 

  1. Check our Facebook page and website to see if there are some areas in your neighbourhood the recycling trucks can’t access or if your recycling pickup has been cancelled because of the snow.
  2. We use the School District’s messaging as an indicator of problems with the pickup routes – if the schools are CLOSED, check our website – the collections routes may be modified or cancelled.
  3. If the schools are OPEN, we will endeavour to complete collection routes but may still have areas we cannot access.
  4. Some areas are not safe for our trucks to travel during snowfalls. Our workers’ safety and the safety of others and others’ property is a priority. If you live in a hilly area or on a street that’s difficult to access, please do not put your recycling out in heavy snow. We will pick up your recycling the following week, weather permitting. You can also bring it to the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot during open hours.
  5. Please help us out! When you set out your recycling boxes & bags, please take care to place them at the END of your driveway, either in the middle of the driveway or NEXT TO the snow mounds (not in the snow, please!) to make it easier access for our pickup crews. This will make pickup faster and decrease the amount of time the trucks need to stay in the roadway. Note that due to parked cars and snow build-up, our trucks may be required to temporarily block roadways. Thank you for your patience & understanding!

Welcome to 2017 – RMRS January, 2017 Recycling Report now online

As 2017 starts to get underway, so do our programs! Our January newsletter includes updates on the new Recycling Depot hours of operation, Spring Chipping Dates, 2017 Curbside Pickup Calendar, the updated sort flyer, and Celebrate Earth Day! Phew!

Click to view a pdf copy of the RMRS January, 2017 Newsletter. This and past newsletters are archived on our website.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletters & get all our recycling updates, news, and tips emailed straight to your inbox! You can unsubscribe at any time.