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Maple Ridge Repair Cafes – Year 3 Launches on February 15, 2020!

 “We Can Fix That!” – Maple Ridge’s Repair Cafés Launch Year 3!

MAPLE RIDGE, BC – On Saturday, February 15, Ridge Meadows Recycling Society is launching their third year of Repair Cafés at the Maple Ridge Library from 11am – 3pm with funding provided by Vancity’s enviroFund grant. Repair Cafés are pop-up events where residents can bring their broken items (small appliances, lamps, electronics, jewelry, clothing, small toys or furniture, etc.) and volunteer expert “fixers” are available to help residents learn to repair their stuff – for free!

“We’ve confirmed 8 Repair Cafes so far in 2020,” says Leanne Koehn, Community Engagement Manager for Ridge Meadows Recycling Society and Founder of Maple Ridge Repair Cafés, “We love connecting with residents, helping them learn how to fix stuff, and keeping things out of the landfill!

 In the past two years, residents have brought 830 items to be fixed, including 36 clocks, 25 necklaces, 16 bikes, and over 50 pairs of pants!

Once again, Maple Ridge Repair Cafes will be partnering with the Maple Ridge Library, the Ridge Meadows Seniors’ Society, the Celebrate Earth Day festival, GETI Fest, and Maple Ridge’s Car Free Day event in June. Sponsors include the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows NEWS and Haney Builders, who donated many of the tools needed to launch the Cafes in March, 2018.

Maple Ridge Repair Cafés aim to:

  1. Bring back repair into local society in a modern way
  2. Create opportunities for valuable repair expertise to be learned and shared
  3. Promote social connections in the local community
  4. Repair and reuse items that would’ve ended up in the landfill
  5. Encourage kids to get hands on with tools and learn how things work
  6. Provide support to others who wish to start up their own Repair Cafes

“In 2019, many people from other municipalities, provinces, and even countries contacted us or visited our Cafes to learn about the work we are doing,” continues Koehn, “We are excited to see more Repair Cafes start up around Metro Vancouver and know we are helping people as far away as Ontario and Scotland create successful Repair Cafes of their own!”

Many of the new Cafes are incorporating Tinkerbell Station, a made-in-Maple Ridge initiative to encourage kids to get hands-on with tools (“tinker”) and take things apart to see how they work. Kids can then get creative with the pieces and use Repair Café tools &  supplies to make robots, jewellery, or original creations.

Get Involved!
Know someone who has repair skills, wants to learn them, or just wants to help out? Fill out the online Volunteer Information form, visit or email to volunteer as a “Fixer” or a “Helper” and become a Repair Café hero!


Year 3 Launch!! Co-hosted with the Maple Ridge Library
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 11am – 3pm

Repair Café #2 – Co-hosted with the Maple Ridge Library
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Location: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 11am – 3pm

Repair Café #3 – Part of Celebrate Earth Day 2020 Event!
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Location: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm

Repair Café #4 – Co-hosted with the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society!
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Location: Ridge Meadows Seniors’ Activity Centre, 12150 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm

Repair Café #5 – Part of Car Free Day 2020 Event!
SUNDAY, June 21, 2020
Location: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: TBC

Repair Café #6 – July, 2020 – Date & Location TBC

Repair Café #7 – Part of GETI Fest 2020 Event!
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Maple Ridge Bandstand, Memorial Peace Park
Time: 10am – 2pm

Repair Café #8 – Celebrating International Repair Cafe Week! Co-hosted with the Maple Ridge Library
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Location: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 11am – 3pm

Repair Café #9 – LAST Repair Cafe of 2020! Co-hosted with the Maple Ridge Library
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Location: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 11am – 3pm

If you are interested in volunteering as a “Fixer” or would just like to learn more, visit or visit the Maple Ridge Repair Café Page on Facebook, email or phone Leanne at 604-463-5545.

The Repair Café Planning Team is grateful for the support of:
Vancity               Ridge Meadows Recycling Society
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows NEWS              Repair Café Foundation
Maple Ridge Library               City of Maple Ridge
Farnsworth Designs               Ridge Meadows Seniors Society
Katzie First Nation               Haney Builders          GETI Fest
MR-PM-Katzie Community Network           Celebrate Earth Day
Metro Vancouver Repair Cafes               Car Free Day – Maple Ridge

Happy (Snowy) New Year! – RMRS January, 2020 Newsletter now online…

If you visited the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot anytime between Christmas and January 11, you probably noticed it’s our busiest time of the year as people clean up after the holidays and recycle A LOT of stuff!! Luckily, our great staff were able to keep things moving and the weather wasn’t too disruptive.

In this newsletter…
-Save the Date! Celebrate Earth Day 2020 plans are coming together…
Celebrate Earth Day Poetry & Photo Contest NOW OPEN!!
-Ridge Meadows Recycling Society is now accepting membership applications! Sign up for (free!) membership before March 5 & enjoy socializing with other members and board members at our Annual General Meeting on April 2.
-Next Maple Meadows Green Drinks gathering is on Thursday, January 30, 6:30pm at Bean Around Books. The topic & speakers will be on green transportation in Maple Ridge…
-Save the Date! Maple Ridge Repair Cafes – Year 3 launches on Saturday, February 15, 11am at the Maple Ridge Library
-Meet our awesome Repair Cafe volunteer, Claude!
-Lots of local events coming up to keep your community spirit warm & bright!

Click to view the RMRS January, 2020 Newsletter.
This and past newsletters are archived on our website.

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Snowfall Procedure….

Snow IconKeeping an eye on the weather forecast, we wanted to give you the following info on curbside blue box recycling pickup in case of heavy snowfall…

  1. Check our website or Facebook page 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. You can also sign up for our mailing list to receive direct email alerts, stat holiday reminders, and our monthly newsletter.
  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 (we are open 7 days a week).

Thank you very much for your understanding & patience!


Gift Wrap Accepted/Not Accepted at the Depot

Last year, just after Christmas, we had some of our paper bales rejected because they had too much plastic/foil wrap mixed in as well as ribbons & bows. All of these bales ended up in the garbage 🙁

At the Recycling Depot, we can usually monitor the non-paper gift wrap and keep contamination levels low, but when it is REALLY busy (right after Christmas), we get up to 600-750 cars per day and staff are unable to keep up with the amount of non-paper wrap & ribbons people are dropping off.

We do accept PAPER gift wrap at the Depot, however, during this busy time it is too much for our staff to keep up with, so we have made the decision not to accept any of it until the busy time is over.

Apologies for the confusion & happy holidays! We welcome your PAPER gift wrap at the Recycling Depot anytime after January 5!

Happy Holidays! – RMRS December, 2019 Newsletter Now Online

2019 was a year of new events (Car Free Day, Green Drinks), continued successes (Maple Ridge Repair Cafes, Celebrate Earth Day), and some hard losses (RMRS Board Member Jon Harris, past Board Member Bernice Gehring, and Haney Farmers Market & Earth Day volunteer Paul Dwillies).

Huge thank you’s to all our volunteers and supporters – from our amazing Board of Directors to our Repair Cafe Fixers to everyone who made Celebrate Earth Day 2019 such a success.

Post-Christmas, don’t forget to save your wrappings, trimmings, and trappings to reuse next year! See holiday guide below on how to recycle all your packaging…

Happy New Year from Ridge Meadows Recycling and may 2020 bring you ever closer to Zero Waste 🙂

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

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Jon Harris

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jon Harris, a long-time Ridge Meadows Recycling Society Board Member.

Jon had always been involved in his community. He lived in Maple Ridge all his life and served on the Maple Ridge Council for 12 years.

He volunteered for the Fire Department, Parks & Leisure, and Scouts Canada. Jon joined the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society after retiring as a way to stay involved in his community.

We will miss him and are thinking of his loved ones at this time.

Jon’s story was profiled in a 2007 BC Notaries publication:

“I think the biggest challenge for our Society is the extremely complicated nature of recycling. It continues to change at a rapid pace as new technology and processes are developed and societal attitudes towards waste reduction shift.

Ridge Meadows Recycling’s biggest strength is its flexibility, the ability to be adaptable and move with the changing times. Part of this ease is due to the strong principles the society is founded on, which guide the Board of Directors when faced with difficult decisions.”

-Jon Harris, 2012

Preparing for a Green Holiday – RMRS November, 2019 Newsletter Now Online

In this newsletter…

  • Mark our 2019 Holiday Recycling Pickup Schedule on your calendar (especially if you have recycling pickup on WEDNESDAYS) and check out our 2020 Stat Holiday Calendar.
  • Keep your Christmas green by giving experiences instead of gifts, re-using your wrapping paper, and planning to give away leftovers after a big meal. Metro Vancouver has lots of great tips and gift ideas for a variety of budgets on their Merry Memory Maker.
  • Check out the next video in our “How to Recycle” video series
  • The next Green Drinks is all about climate-friendly festivities! Join your fellow greenies on Tues, Nov.26 at 6:30pm at Bean Around Books!
  • Our LAST Repair Cafe of 2019 is THIS Saturday, November 23 at the Library – bring us your broken (Christmas!) stuff!! PLUS – Repair Cafes will start again on Saturday, February 15, 2020 courtesy of Vancity <3
  • We LOVE our volunteers! In this newsletter, meet Repair Cafe volunteer Hannah!
  • As always, don’t miss all the amazing events & activities happening in our community, including LOTS of Winter Craft fairs at local Elementary Schools!! #shoplocal #supportourschools!!

Click to view the RMRS November, 2019 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.

Update – Recycling Truck Fire – Nov.12, 2019

As you may have heard, one of our trucks caught fire while it was parked in a parking lot during a driver’s break. Thankfully, no one was injured, but the truck is not able to be repaired. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we head toward the busy holiday season.

-Ridge Meadows Recycling Society
November 12, 2019

LAST Repair Cafe of 2019 on Saturday, November 23, 11am – 2pm at the Maple Ridge Library!

Bring your broken stuff – jewelry, sewing, bikes, appliances, ceramics, electronics – or just stop by to check out the repair action at our LAST Repair Cafe of 2019 on Saturday, November 23 from 11am – 2pm at the Maple Ridge Library (22470 Dewdney Trunk Road)!

Happily, we have received funding from Vancity to continue Repair Cafes in 2020! Our first Cafe of 2020 will be on Saturday, February 15 at the Maple Ridge Library. Stay tuned for more Repair Cafe dates in 2020!

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!!!

Learn more about the Maple Ridge Repair Cafes.


Reminder: “Winter Hours” at the Recycling Depot started October 1, 2019. The Depot still opens at 8:00am, but now closes an hour earlier, at 5:00pm from Monday to Saturday. Sundays and holidays we are open from 9:00am – 5:00pm. We will switch back to Summer Hours (open till 6:00pm Monday-Saturday) starting April 1, 2020.