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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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Family Day Stat Holiday Reminder – NO CURBSIDE RECYCLING PICKUP ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

There will be NO CURBSIDE RECYCLING PICKUP on Monday, February 18 due to the Family Day statutory holiday.

Regular Monday curbside recycling pickup will resume on Monday, February 25. If you have lots of recycling in the meantime, bring it down to the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot, located at 10092 – 236th Street, just south of River Road in the Albion Industrial Park. The Recycling Depot will be OPEN on February 18 from 9am – 5pm.

Happy Family Day from Ridge Meadows Recycling!

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.

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.

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.

2018/19 Winter Holiday Recycling Schedule

Mark your calendar (especially if you have recycling pickup on Tuesdays!) – there will be NO CURBSIDE BLUE BOX RECYCLING PICKUP ON Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day), Wednesday, December 26 (Boxing Day), and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Day).

The RECYCLING DEPOT WILL BE CLOSED ON Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Day) and we will be CLOSING EARLY at 3:00pm on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Year’s Eve).

As residents with TUESDAY recycling pickup will be missing two pickups in a row, there will be a SPECIAL RECYCLING PICKUP for TUESDAY RESIDENTS ONLY on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29. All TUESDAY residents should have their recycling set out on Saturday, December 29 by 7:00am for pickup.

Check out the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society 2018 & 2019 Stat Holiday Calendars below…

Winter Hours at the Recycling Depot Start OCTOBER 1, 2018

Reminder: Winter Hours at the Depot start October 1, 2018. The Depot will still open at 8:00am, but will be 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, 2019.