The work of Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, our staff, and volunteers has been recognized numerous times over our 45-year history. We appreciate every one!

2020 – BC Used Oil Management Association – Top Collector in Province Award

2020 – Call 2 Recycle – Leader in Sustainability Award
2020 – Finalist – Business Excellence Award for Non-Profit of the Year – Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce
2019 – BC Used Oil Management Association – Top Collector in Province Award

2019 – Call 2 Recycle – Leader in Sustainability Award

2018 – Call 2 Recycle – Leader in Sustainability Award
2018 – Certificate of Appreciation to 2018 Maple Ridge Earth Day Planning Committee from Bob D’Eith, Member of BC Legislative Assembly for Maple Ridge-Mission.
2018 – RMRS Founding Member Julie Koehn Finalist for Maple Ridge Community Foundation’s Citizen of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

“Julie Koehn has been nominated for her dedicated volunteer work at Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, Maple Ridge Historical Society, Community Heritage Commission, Alouette Correctional Centre Citizen Advisory Board, SPEC, Earth Day, Girl Guides of Canada, Family Education Centre, Webster’s Corners Community Association. She was a founding director of the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, and served on the board of directors for 30 years.”

2017 – Call 2 Recycle – Leader in Sustainability Award

2017 – Leanne Koehn, RMRS Community Engagement, finalist for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award – Community Spirit
2017 – City of Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission Award for Stewardship of a Community Cultural Asset – “For maintaining a unique social profit organization dedicated to the health of our community for nearly half a century.”

2017 – Leanne Koehn, RMRS Community Engagement, wins Sustainability Champion Award at Inaugural Women’s Influencer Awards
2016 – Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Maple Ridge for contributions to the Green Festival Team
2015 – Finalist – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award – Non-Profit of the Year
2015 – Call 2 Recycle – Leader in Sustainability Award

2014 – Certificate of Recognition from the Recycling Council of BC
2013 – School District 42 Certificate of Appreciation – “Partnerships in Learning”
2013 – Certificate of Recognition from Scouts Canada – 1st Haney Cub Scouts 
2012 – RMRS Founding Member Candace Gordon named Maple Ridge Community Foundation’s Citizen of the Year“Candace Gordon is the embodiment of the committed volunteer who works tirelessly on projects and causes that are close to her heart and changes a location from a town to a community.”  
2012 – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News “A-List Favourite” for Green Business
2011-2013 – Call 2 Recycle – Leader in Sustainability
2011 – Winner – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award – Community Service

2011 RMRS Business Excellence Award for Community Service 2011 Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Winners

2004 – School District 42 Community Service Award
2002 – Special Mention – Communities in Bloom 

“In 1972 a local project was launched in Maple Ridge to explore the new “fad” of recycling. Today the RMRS has developed to the point where in June 2002 they adopted “A Plan for Zero Waste”. In order to achieve this objective they have launched an extensive educational program. They encouraged municipal and provincial governments, business and industry to adopt policies and practices to make zero waste a reality. The community is buying into the concept. The Society employs in excess of 100 employees with an emphasis on employment opportunities for challenged individuals to become part of the NO waste initiative.”

Presented to the District of Maple Ridge, B.C. at the National Awards Ceremonies

2001 – Gift of Appreciation from Alouette River Management Association for assistance with Rivers Day
1998 – Communities in Bloom – District of Maple Ridge Named Recipient of 4 Blooms from the 1998 British Columbia Provincial Edition of Communities in Bloom 
1998 – Mountain Festival Parade – Best Clean-up Crew
1996 – Maple Ridge Chamber of Commerce – Santa Claus Parade – Best Community Entry 
1993 – BC Minister of Environment Award

Kelli Speirs & Candace Gordon at Minister of Environment Award Presentation - 1993

From 1993 Legislative transcript:

Hon. J. Cashore: This week has been proclaimed Environment Week in British Columbia. Therefore I would like to invite all members of the House to join me in welcoming and warmly congratulating nine individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions to the environment are being recognized this year through the 1993 minister’s environmental awards. These award recipients will be guests of His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor at a special awards ceremony at Government House this evening…

W.Hartley: I’d like to take an opportunity to extend the Minister of Environment’s speech this afternoon by welcoming a couple of members of my constituency. I do so because of the tremendous impact they’ve had in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows area for over ten years. Their commitment and service to the environment has been outstanding. They’ve been leaders for government not only at the municipal and regional levels but also at the provincial level. The public education and hands-on work that they’ve done for recycling in the province needs to be commended. Again, please welcome Kelli Speirs and Candace Gordon.

D.Streifel: I ride on with the warm greeting from my colleague from Pitt Meadows in welcoming and thanking Kelli Speirs and Candace Gordon. The reason I do this is that their influence on recycling spreads far beyond Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. In fact, they are the reason why the Dewdney-Alouette Regional District is already well on the way to recycling 50 percent of its solid wastes, which is within the minister’s goal. We’re at 25 percent out there, colleagues; we’re way ahead of the rest of the province. Thank you, Kelli Speirs and Candace Gordon.”


October 26, 1989 – Letter of Appreciation from Maple Ridge Mayor Bill Hartley 

“Dear Kelli:

Just a note to say how much we appreciate your efforts toward the betterment of our community.

Recycling has taken a leap forward recently and I believe you are responsible.

You are the first person to receive a letter on my 100% recycled paper.


Bill Hartley”

Presented to Kelli Speirs (Executive Director of RMRS) by Mayor Bill Hartley


June 17, 1987 – Greater Vancouver Regional District – Certificate of Appreciation Participation Award

“In appreciation of the significant contribution made to Recycling in the Greater Vancouver Regional District

Presented to Ridge Meadows Recycling Society by the Chairman of the Greater Vancouver Regional District”