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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!

Next Repair Cafe Saturday, July 23 at Memorial Peace Park!

On Saturday, July 23, Maple Ridge Repair Cafés will be in Memorial Peace Park, just off 224th Street, from 10am – 2pm.

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

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.

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!

Celebrate Earth Day is on April 23, 2022!!

Each year, Celebrate Earth Day highlights a new theme.

This year, the Celebrate Earth Day Planning Committee is encouraging residents to journey down “Pathways to a Better Normal.” We will see you at Memorial Peace Park from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, April 23, 2022 to kick off festival season in Maple Ridge.

Our 2022 theme, Pathways to a Better Normal, is designed to encourage people to take small, simple steps toward the world they want to create. We will explore pathways and invite people to journey with us into Water & Energy Conservation, Transportation, the Outdoors, and Community. See what idea jumps out at you as something you can fit into your life. Do one thing, then do another.

Sometimes the array of choices or lack of direction can be overwhelming, and many people have struggled through the isolation and mental stress of being in a pandemic for an extended period of time. At times we all need connection, direction, and guidance. Our goal is to help people see the path forward, the way to positive change, one small step at a time.

This year we are also celebrating Ridge Meadows Recycling Society’s 50 Years of Recycling Evolution and the Maple Ridge Climate Hub’s inaugural Climate Champion Awards starting at 11:00am at the ACT Outdoor stage. Don’t miss adding to the Nature Mandala Maze, high-energy dancing comedian Spandy Andy as well as other special friends roving throughout the site 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 5-7pm on Friday, April 22, 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 at 1:00pm. 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, and join the City of Maple Ridge as they celebrate National Volunteer Week!

Visit our Facebook page or www.mrearthday.ca 

Summer Hours at the Recycling Depot Starting APRIL 1, 2022

Starting Friday, April 1, 2022, the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will switch to Summer Hours, and will be open from 8:00am until 6:00pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday and holiday hours will remain the same from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

We will switch back to Winter Hours (closing an hour earlier, at 5:00pm Monday-Saturday) starting October 1, 2022.

Spring Around the Corner! RMRS March, 2022 Newsletter Now Online

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

In this newsletter…

  • Get rid of food waste (safely!) in your backyard using Composters and Solar Cone Food Digesters – on sale now!
  • The Earth Day Poetry & Photo contests are now accepting entries!
  • Learn why you should NEVER pour cooking oil or grease down your drain – bring it to the Depot for recycling instead.
  • Spring Chipping starts this month – save the dates & gather your branches!
  • Registration forms for Celebrate Earth Day participants, performers, and volunteers are now online at www.mrearthday.ca Help us explore “Pathways to a Better Normal”
  • Our next Repair Cafe is Saturday, March 26 from 10am – 2pm at the Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Center. Bring us your broken stuff!
  • Looking for your next #VolunteerAdventureEarth Day has you covered!
  • We are HIRING! We are currently interviewing for truck drivers, process workers, sorters, and swampers – oh, my! Come #ThinkGlobalWorkLocal with us!

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day EMERGE map yet? It’s great for exploring your community and has been viewed over 8600 times!