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Green Holiday Guide – at a Glance…


-Bring reusable shopping bags with you to stores
-Keep giving experiences & memories in mind instead of buying “stuff” that may end up in the trash
-Purchase handmade durable and reusable decorations &/or gifts from a local charity or craft fair
-Use newspaper or comics, or wrap gifts with reusable cloth bags, clothing items, or towels
-Consider buying a potted tree that can be transplanted into your garden after Christmas
-Use a timer on your tree lights so you’re not wasting electricity while sleeping or away from home
-Bring old Xmas lights to RMRS bins at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre, the Pitt Meadows Family Rec Centre, or the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot for recycling


Gift Wrap:

Pay attention to what kind of gift wrap you buy – plastic gift wrap or foil printed paper is NOT recyclable. Only buy paper wrap that can be put in the yellow recycling bag.

When UN-wrapping gifts, pay attention to what will happen to the gift wrap. If you unwrap presents carefully, most wrap can be reused for many years to come. Remove ALL ribbons, bows, and other decorations to store and use again next Christmas.


Hosting Parties or Events

-Use reusable plates & cutlery (& napkins!) if possible
-Pack leftovers in reusable containers (you can even give these to guests to take home…)
-Compost all food scraps & paper napkins

Recycle Curbside:
Red Box – Plastic Packaging: plastic bags (put together in one bag), trays, packaging & containers
Blue Box – Cans & Cartons: eggnog cartons, ice cream cartons, tin cans, aluminum foil & pie pans
Grey Box – Glass: glass apple cider jugs, wine bottles
Yellow Bag – ALL Paper & Cardboard: PAPER gift wrap, cardboard packaging, paper gift bags, paper coffee cups
NO: -NO ribbons or bows -NO foil or plastic wrapping -NO chip bags


After Xmas

-Bring your live trees to be chipped or composted at the green waste drop-off area of the Transfer Station
-Recycle all accepted paper & plastic packaging curbside or at the Recycling Depot

Recycle at the Depot:
-Old or broken… electronics & media (DVDs, CDs, cords, chargers, speakers, hard drives, USB drives, & earbuds), cell phones, batteries, small appliances (coffee makers, slow cookers, microwaves, toaster ovens), electric guitars or keyboards, other electronic toys, Xmas lights
-Styrofoam packaging (no peanuts)
-Unused paint & paint cans, aerosol paints
-All lamps & lightbulbs


For more information, phone us at 604-463-5545, visit our website at or “Like” us on Facebook. Or, join our mailing list to stay up-to date on all our new programs, schedules, and events!

Happy Holidays from Ridge Meadows Recycling Society staff, board members, Supported Work Program participants, and volunteers!

In Case of Heavy Snowfall…

Snow IconLooking ahead to the winter season, we wanted to give you the following info on curbside blue box recycling pickup in case of heavy snowfall…

  1. Check our Facebook page and website to see if your recycling pickup has been cancelled because of the snow.
  2. The safety of our staff and the public is our first priority.
  3. We will endeavour to complete pickup routes during snow events, but it may be necessary to cancel recycling pickup in certain areas or on certain days due to safety concerns.
  4. Each snow event will be assessed separately and we will do our best to communicate any cancellations or updates to you through our website, phone system, and social media sites.
  5. Some areas are not safe for our trucks to travel during snowfalls. 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.

Thank you very much for your understanding & patience!


We Are Hiring!!

Looking for work? We are hiring!

Current Positions Available: 1 full time Swamper position and 1 part time Weekend Recycling Production Line Worker position available immediately.

More information at

Winter Hours at the Recycling Depot Start OCTOBER 1, 2017

Reminder: Winter Hours at the Depot start October 1, 2017. The Depot will still open at 8:00am, but will be closing an hour earlier, at 5:00pm from Monday to Saturday. Sundays and holidays we will still be open from 9:00am – 5:00pm. We will switch back to Summer Hours (open till 6:00pm Monday-Saturday) starting April 1, 2017.

Fall, 2017 Brush Chipping Program Set-Out Deadlines

In partnership with the City of Maple Ridge, Ridge Meadows Recycling Society administers the Spring & Fall Brush Chipping Program for Maple Ridge residents.

The deadline for setting out branches for pickup for Maple Ridge residents WEST of 224th Street is Tuesday, October 10.

The set-out deadline for residents EAST of 224th Street is Monday, October 23.

All brush MUST be set out by the deadlines to be picked up.


Chipping in each area will take up to two weeks to complete. The number of days spent on each area depends on the amount of brush set out and the number of residents using the program.

The program includes pick up and disposal of tree & shrub branches up to a total volume of 3 cubic meters (1 meter x 1 meter x 3 meters, roughly 3 feet x 3 feet x 9 feet – chippers are instructed to spend no more than 20 minutes at each household).

Learn more about the Spring & Fall Brush Chipping Program, (including what is NOT accepted in the program!).

NOT ACCEPTED at the Recycling Depot – RMRS September, 2017 Newsletter Now Online

Our September newsletter includes upcoming community events and focuses on our brand new “NOT ACCEPTED at the Recycling Depot” awareness campaign!

While we try to accept as many items as possible at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot, there are some items we DO NOT take, mainly because there is no recycling program or market that will take them. Keeping these items away from the Depot helps save us time & tipping fees!

Click to view the RMRS September, 2017 Newsletter. This and past newsletters are archived on our website.

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Summer Wrap Up – RMRS August, 2017 Newsletter Now Online

Our August newsletter includes green BACK TO SCHOOL tips, a look ahead at upcoming events, and a look back on a great summer – including a video of our summer students’ experience doing the Plastic Free July Challenge!

Click to view the RMRS August, 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.