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Next Repair Cafe on Friday, May 3, 4:00-8:00pm at the Ridge Meadows Home Show!

Bring your broken stuff – jewelry, sewing, bikes, appliances, ceramics, electronics – or just stop by to check out the repair action from 4pm – 8pm on Friday, May 3 at the Family Fest Area as part of the Ridge Meadows Home Show event! Don’t forget to bring your kids to Tinkerbell Station where they can get hands on with tools and tinker & create to their hearts’ content & hang out with Tinkerbell herself!!!

Learn more about the Maple Ridge Repair Cafes.

Celebrate Earth Day is on April 13, 2019!!

Each year, Celebrate Earth Day highlights a new theme.

This year, learn about building a “Healthy Community, Healthy Self” by Investing in Your Community and exploring how to create mental health, social health, and economic health. Don’t miss the Art Studio Tour Artists‘ “Helping Hands” interactive craft & display, and join the City of Maple Ridge as they celebrate National Volunteer Week.

New this year is a very LARGE Storytelling Tentthanks to ReMax and the Maple Ridge Library! Stop by and be entertained by beloved kids’ author Tiffany Stone and high-energy dancing comedian Spandy Andy as well as Tinkerbell, Elsa, and other special friends. You may even see them roving throughout the site along with KiteZone Entertainment and some surprise flash mobs.

    

 

If this will be your first Earth Day, don’t miss these always-popular activities:

FAMILY FREECYCLE:
In preparation for the Family Freecycle, donations of gently used books, toys, and clothing are collected for two weeks ahead of the event, including at a drop-off event from 4-7pm on Friday, April 12, the night before Earth Day, in front of the ACT Arts Centre. All items collected are sorted into sizes and categories, set out on tables in the Leisure Centre, and given away at the Earth Day event. We live in an abundant society – most people have too much “stuff” and are more than happy to give it away. Declutter your home then come to find something NEW to YOU!

 
CYCLE RECYCLE FREE BIKE DRAW:
At the Cycle Recycle, the local HUB Cycling group collects secondhand bikes, fixes them up, and gives them away in a free bike draw at Earth Day. Many of the bikes were destined for the scrap heap at the Recycling Depot and HUB helps get both the bikes and residents back on the road.
 

ELECTRIC VEHICLE DISPLAY & DEMONSTRATIONS:

Learn more about why the future is electric. Members of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association are more than happy to tell you about the different kinds of electric vehicles and you may even be able to go for a ride in an electric car!! If you are thinking of buying an electric vehicle, come and ask them all your questions!
 

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL:
Come hungry! Hunger Management has rounded up food trucks to satisfy your sweet, savoury, and any other hunger needs!

REPAIR CAFE: 
Got broken stuff? Bring it to the Maple Ridge Repair Cafe and learn how to fix it for FREE! Experienced Fixers will be on hand to assist with the repair or offer advice on all your sewing, electrical, carpentry, jewellery, or bike repair needs. Glue, tape, tools, sewing machines and more are available to use and TINKERbell Station will be set up for kids to get hands-on with tools, take stuff apart & learn how it works, build original creations, or just tinker! Want to just come check us out? No problem! Come have a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the magic of repair.

 
PLUS!! Facepainting, TWO live music stages, Poetry & Photo Contest winners announced at the Welcoming Ceremonies, a Teddy Bear Repair Clinic, and MORE!!

Visit our Facebook page or www.mrearthday.ca 

Summer Hours & Easter Holiday Recycling Pickup Schedule

NOTE! Starting Monday, 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.

The Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will be OPEN EVERY DAY on Easter Weekend, but note that Good Friday, April 19 and Easter Sunday, April 21 will be open HOLIDAY hours (9:00am – 5:00pm) and Saturday, April 20 and Monday, April 22 will be open REGULAR hours (8:00am – 6:00pm).

Reminder – though the Depot will be open, there will be NO BLUE BOX CURBSIDE RECYCLING PICKUP on GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19 OR EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 22 due to the Easter Holiday weekend.

Hoppy Easter from Ridge Meadows Recycling!

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Renew Your Membership (or JOIN the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society)!

It’s time! To RENEW your Ridge Meadows Recycling Society membership for 2019 or to become a NEW member,

  1. Fill out the online Membership form at http://rmrecycling.org/get-involved/become-a-member   OR
  2. Download, print & fill out the 2019 RMRS Membership Application. You can drop off the completed form at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot – 10092 236th Street, mail it to RMRS at Box 283, Maple Ridge, BC  V2X 7G2, or scan & email it back to alison@rmrecycling.org

NOTE: If you do NOT renew your membership for 2019, you will stay on our mailing list, but will no longer be a member of the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society.

Membership Renewal:

Membership is free for 2019-2020. Membership renewal forms must be received no later than noon on March 7, 2019 for voting eligibility at the April 4, 2019 Annual General Meeting. Membership must be renewed on an annual basis to stay a member of good standing in the Society.

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

We have once again opened our annual sales of Composters ($70), Solar Cone Food Digesters ($145), Bear-Resistant Bins ($100/non-MR residents $150), & Rain Barrels ($80). 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 Full Page Hand Out for Composters, Solar Cones, Bear-Resistant Bins, and Rain Barrels.

Order Form for Composters, 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: Rain Barrels, Solar Cones, & Composters only available to residents of Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows.
    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.
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Repair Cafes Year 2 Launches Saturday, February 9!

On Saturday, February 9, Ridge Meadows Recycling Society is launching their second year of Repair Cafés at the Maple Ridge Library from 11am – 2pm with funding provided by Vancity’s enviroFund grant. 

Repair Cafés are pop-up events where residents can bring their broken items (small appliances, jewelry, clothing, small toys or furniture, etc.) and there are tools, materials, and volunteer expert “fixers” available to help residents learn to repair their stuff!

“Last year’s Repair Cafés were a huge success,” says Leanne Koehn, Community Engagement for Ridge Meadows Recycling Society and Coordinator of the Repair Cafés, “We introduced the concept of Repair Cafés to our community, gathered a strong group of talented volunteer ‘fixers,’ and kept many, many items out of the landfill! We are now able to help people from other areas who want to start up their own Repair Cafés!

In 2018, the group held 8 Repair Cafés in 6 different venues, partnering with the Maple Ridge Library, the Ridge Meadows Seniors’ Society, the Celebrate Earth Day festival, the Haney Farmers Market, and GETI Fest. The Cafés were initiated in large part with funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program, donations from Haney Builders, and media sponsorship from the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows NEWS.

The goals of Maple Ridge Repair Cafes are to:

  1. Bring back repair into local society in a modern way
  2. Maintain repair expertise and share and pass on valuable knowledge and skills that have been learned over lifetimes, building individual and community capacity
  3. Promote social cohesion in the local community by connecting neighbours
  4. Repair and reuse items that would’ve ended up in the landfill
  5. Encourage people to value and appreciate their possessions

So far, the community has brought 400 items to be fixed by Maple Ridge Repair Café’s 50 volunteers, including 39 lamps, 20 clocks, 17 pairs of pants, 8 bracelets, 5 toasters, 3 stools, and a ceramic chicken!

Get Involved!
Know someone who has repair skills, wants to learn them, or just wants to help out? Send them to the online form at www.mrrepaircafe.ca or email mrrepaircafe@gmail.com to volunteer as a “Fixer” or a “Helper” and become a Repair Café hero!

To learn more, visit www.mrrepaircafe.ca or visit the Maple Ridge Repair Café Page on Facebook, email mrrepaircafe@gmail.com or phone Leanne at 604-463-5545.

Happy 2019! RMRS January, 2019 Newsletter now online!

In this newsletter, we look forward to Celebrate Earth Day (including the poetry & photo contests), the launch of “Year 2” of the Maple Ridge Repair Cafes, and look at some local upcoming events in our community.

We’re also currently hiring Truck Drivers (must have air brakes) and Swampers(no experience necessary!) if you know anyone who wants to #thinkgloballyworklocally!

Click to view the RMRS January, 2019 Newsletter.
This and past newsletters are archived on our website.

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Spring, 2019 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 Monday, March 25.

The set-out deadline for residents EAST of 224th Street is Monday, April 8.

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!).

Celebrate Earth Day 2019 & 2020 Theme: “Heal(thy) Community, Heal(thy) Self”

Save the Date! Celebrate Earth Day 2019 will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Contact us to get involved in the planning or join us on the day! Our next planning meeting is Thursday, January 10, at 1:00pm at the Maple Ridge Library. Please feel free to join us & share your ideas!!
 
Participant, Performer, & Volunteer Registration NOW OPEN!!

About the 2019-2020 Earth Day Theme: “Healthy Community, Healthy Self”

What is a healthy community?  Why are some doctors prescribing nature visits & art activities to increase wellness? How can volunteering and helping others also improve your personal health? How does infrastructure & environment affect physical health? How do we stay human in an ever-advancing technological world? Earth Day 2019 & 2020 explore these and other questions as we focus on the theme “Healthy Community, Healthy Self” – a theme too big to limit to one year!

 

Earth Day 2019: “Invest in Your Community: Focus on Mental, Social, & Economic Health”

“Someone will take care of it.” What if that someone is YOU? Join the thousands of Maple Ridge citizens who volunteer for their community, making a world of difference in so many ways. Creating a sharing economy and working on solutions to community issues such as poverty, food insecurity, and addiction builds connections and can inspire the sense of purpose sometimes needed to pull us out of our own apathy and isolation. Building a healthy community starts with YOU – giving time to your community and taking time for yourself. Join us at Memorial Peace Park in the heart of Maple Ridge on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10am – 2pm. More info at www.mrearthday.ca or on our Facebook Page.

Holiday Schedules, Recycling Guides, Tips, and More! November, 2018 Recycling Report now online!

In this newsletter, we’ve got tips for a green holiday and gifts, recycling pickup schedules, Repair Cafe Year 1 photos & stories, and more!

Click to view a copy of the RMRS November, 2018 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.