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Celebrating 50 Years of Stories – RMRS November, 2022 Newsletter Now Online

Click to view a pdf copy of the RMRS November, 2022 Newsletter. This and past newsletters are archived on our website.

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In this newsletter…

  • What a night! Our 50th Anniversary Gala had everything – good food, great stories, and DANCING!!
  • Bring your broken stuff to our LAST Repair Cafe of 2022 on Saturday, November 19 at the Maple Ridge Seniors’ Activity Center!
  • Christmas is approaching! Check out our holiday sort guide & schedule and videos on how to recycle your holiday packaging!
  • Learn more about BC’s printed paper & packaging recycling programs

In case you missed it…

  • Are you using single use plastic bags to hold your curbside recycling? Please use our boxes & bags instead!

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day EMERGE map yet? It’s great for exploring your community and has been viewed over 18,300 times! Let us know if we missed anything that should be on the map…

Green Holiday Guide – at a Glance…

Pre-Christmas:

-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: 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
-Unused paint & paint cans, aerosol paints
-All lamps & lightbulbs

 

For more information, phone us at 604-463-5545, visit our website at www.rmrecycling.org 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!

RECYCLING DEPOT CLOSING AT 5:00PM STARTING OCTOBER 1, 2022

Reminder: “Winter Hours” at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will be starting on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Starting October 1st the Depot will still open at 8:00am, but will start 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, 2023.

Fall, 2022 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 Fall, 2022 deadline for setting out branches for pickup for Maple Ridge residents WEST of 224th Street is Tuesday, October 11. The set-out deadline for residents EAST of 224th Street is Monday, October 24.

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).

NOTE: This program is provided for branches and pruning, NOT grass clippings, leaves, rocks, dirt, or other yard waste. Learn more about the Spring & Fall Brush Chipping Program, (including what is NOT accepted in the program!).

Summer Depot Tour Dates! – RMRS July, 2022 Newsletter Now Online

Click to view the July, 2022 RMRS Newsletter.
All past newsletters are archived on our website.

In this newsletter…

  • Summer Depot Tour Signup is now live! Sign up on our website for this exclusive behind-the-bin tour…
  • See photos of RMRS’s Board of Directors at their own recent tour of the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot
  • How is your PLASTIC FREE JULY Challenge going? Our summer student Uzair shares his challenges & triumphs…
  • Check out RMRS’s YouTube videos for a deep dive into the RED Curbside Recycling Box & learn about Plastics Recycling at the Depot
  • Are you using single use plastic bags to hold your curbside recycling? Please use our boxes & bags instead!
  • Bring your broken stuff to our next Repair Cafe on Saturday, July 23 from 10am – 2pm at “South Park” in Memorial Peace Park in partnership with the Haney Farmer’s Market

In case you missed it…

  • Reminder – we do NOT PICKUP CURBSIDE RECYCLING on stat holidays, like BC Day on Monday, August 1.

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day EMERGE map yet? It’s great for exploring your community and has been viewed over 14,000 times! Let us know if we missed anything that should be on the map…

Join Uzair and PLASTIC FREE JULY!!!!

This July, RMRS summer student Uzair Rizwan will be participating in the Plastic-Free July challenge, and wants you YOU to join him!

With the Canadian federal plastics ban set to roll out next year, now is the perfect time to practice being plastic free.

Plastic Free July is a challenge where you avoid single use plastics for however long you can – a day, a week, or the whole month – during the month of July. Uzair and others who participate in the challenge will share their experiences on the Plastic Free July Facebook page.

To get started, take the survey on single-use plastic awareness and pledge to be Plastic Free!

LET’S TAKE THE PLUNGE!!!

Preparing for Plastic Free July – RMRS June, 2022 Newsletter Now Online

Click to view the June, 2022 RMRS Newsletter.
All past newsletters are archived on our website.

In this newsletter…

  • Bring your broken stuff to our next Repair Cafe THIS Saturday, June 18 from 10am – 2pm at “South Park” in Memorial Peace Park as part of the National Indigenous Peoples Day festivities!
  • We are looking for Summer Students!! Know any? Send ’em our way 🙂
  • Are you up for the challenge? Our summer student Uzair would love you to join him on the PLASTIC FREE JULY Challenge!
  • Help keep Wildlife Wild & Communities Safe with Wildsafe BC
  • We were honoured to receive the Non-Profit Award from the Recycling Council of British Columbia in recognition of 50 years of “Outstanding Commitment to Environmental Stewardship”
  • Recycle your propane cannisters & tanks at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot!
  • Reminder – we do NOT PICKUP CURBSIDE RECYCLING on stat holidays, like Canada Day on Friday, July 1! The Recycling Depot will be OPEN on Canada Day and regular Friday curbside pickup will resume the following week, on July 8.

In case you missed it…

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day EMERGE map yet? It’s great for exploring your community and has been viewed over 13,000 times!

The Season of Sprinter Continues… RMRS May, 2022 Newsletter Now Online

Click to view the May, 2022 RMRS Newsletter.
All past newsletters are archived on our website.

In this newsletter…

  • Bring your broken stuff to our next Repair Cafe THIS Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 2pm at the Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Center.
  • Reminder – we do NOT PICKUP CURBSIDE RECYLING on stat holidays, like this Monday’s Victoria Day (May 23)! The Recycling Depot will be OPEN on Monday and regular curbside pickup will resume the following week.
  • We won some awards! Thank you, BC Used Oil Management Association,  Volunteer BCThe Province of British Columbia, & Maple Ridge Climate Hub!
  • Meet our Summer Student!! Uzair would love you to join him on the PLASTIC FREE JULY Challenge!
  • Know any students with extra support needs? On May 31, the LAST Committee is hosting a Transition Resource Fair for youth with diverse abilities and their caregivers & families. Hope to see you there! #inclusion
  • We loved Celebrating Earth Day in Maple Ridge with you!! Check out the awesome Earth Day photos & video!
  • Finally, it was great to chat with so many residents at the 2022 Ridge Meadows Home Show and celebrate our 50 Year journey of Recycling Evolution

In case you missed it…

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day EMERGE map yet? It’s great for exploring your community and has been viewed over 12,000 times!

All About Earth Day! RMRS April, 2022 Newsletter Now Online

Click to view the April, 2022 RMRS Newsletter.
All past newsletters are archived on our website.

In this newsletter…

  • All about Earth Day activities!! Help kick off festival season on Saturday, April 23, 10am – 2pm at Memorial Peace Park
  • It’s not too late to VOLUNTEER for Earth Day!! Looking to give back to the community or for your next #VolunteerAdventureEarth Day has you covered!
  • Check out past fixes and bring your broken stuff to our next Repair Cafe at the Celebrate Earth Day festival on Saturday, April 23 from 10am – 2pm at the Maple Ridge Bandstand.

In case you missed it…

  • We are HIRING! We are currently interviewing for a truck driver and entry level sorters and swampers. Come #ThinkGlobalWorkLocal with us!
  • Get rid of food waste (safely!) in your backyard using Composters and Solar Cone Food Digesters – on sale now!

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day EMERGE map yet? It’s great for exploring your community and has been viewed over 10,300 times!