Used cooking oil & grease is now accepted at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot, located at 10092 – 236th Street, Maple Ridge, just off River Road in the Albion Industrial Park.
“The Ridge Meadows Recycling Society continues to expand its services, fully embracing the ‘one stop’ concept for ALL your recycling needs,” says Jon Harris, President of the Society, “The Maple Ridge Recycling Depot is a leader in this concept and accepts pretty well everything that has a stable recycling market. We started accepting Styrofoam at the depot last fall and cooking oil is just the latest addition to the commodities we accept.”
There is no charge to drop off cooking grease or oil as it is collected by West Coast Reductions under their “Redux” program. As their website states, this family-owned business, located in Vancouver, is “a leader in the rendering industry, operating several of the largest, cleanest, and most technologically-advanced rendering plants in North America. The used oil & grease is filtered, sterilized, and tested to produce useful products. These products include feed fat, which is used as an energy ingredient in animal feed rations, and a feedstock for commercially approved biodiesel, a cleaner-burning, alternative fuel.”
“We call ourselves ‘the original recyclers,” we started nearly 50 years ago,’” says Tim Gale with West Coast Reductions, “Through the Redux program, we collect used cooking oil and are able to refine it and sell it back to local farmers who re-use its high calorific value. It’s a closed loop system.”
“Some people expect us to be able to take absolutely everything at the depot,” says Harris, “and while we’re getting pretty close, there has to be a reliable market in place before we can start accepting a new item. In this case, because a well-established company expanded into rendering used cooking oil & grease, it is now the latest thing we accept at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot.”
Styrofoam Accepted at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot!
Did you hear? At this year’s Ridge Meadows Home Show, we spoke to many people who were happy to find out we now accept Styrofoam at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot, located at 10092 – 236th Street, just off River Road in the Albion Industrial Park.
Our Earth Day Celebrations were a big success and there are lots of exciting events & awareness weeks coming soon, including Food Revolution Day at the Haney Farmer’s Market! Read this month’s Recycling Report to learn more.
The community came out, the rain held off, and Earth Art was everywhere for this year’s Celebrate Earth Day festival in Maple Ridge!
This year, Earth Day Partnered with the ARTS! A HUGE thank you to our 2013 partner, the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council! From the tents full of Art Studio Tour artists displaying their talent and giving demonstrations to Maple Ridge Dance Circle’s dancers performing throughout the site, Saturday, April 20, 2013 was a day to remember. The tunes of Penelope Above and musicians at the Farmer’s Market kept the park alive with music and people gathered to hear eco-stories from the Maple Ridge Library inside the big Fish Tent in the ACT Lobby. Flash mobs were everywhere, including Robyn Picard’s swing dancers and the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society’s Spanish Dancers, Dancing Stars, and Zumba Gold.
Two favourites from last year’s event, the Family Freecycle and the Cycle Recycle, grew even bigger this year. The Family Freecycle was held in the Greg Moore Youth Centre. “Last year we collected and gave away the equivalent of ¾ of a cube van full of gently used books, toys, and clothing – this year we gave away the equivalent of 1½!” said Freecycle Coordinator Tanis Green.
“It was definitely another great Earth Day,” said Jackie Chow from HUB: Your Cycling Connection, “We gave away 15 bikes in this year’s Cycle Recycle. My biggest regret is – as always – that I never have enough time to look at everything else that’s going on!”
“We can report a very good day,” added Eileen Dwillies, manager of the Haney Farmer’s Market, “Over 3000 people attended again this year – our counter couldn’t keep up! Sales were one third more than last year and we had very happy concession and food vendors.”
With this year’s success under their belts, organizers can start to look forward to celebrating the Haney Farmer’s Market’s 10th Anniversary with next year’s Earth Day theme, “Food!”
On Saturday, April 20 at 10am, the most vibrant, arts-filled Earth Day celebrations ever seen in Maple Ridge will kick off in Memorial Peace Park, the ACT Arts Centre & Theatre, & the Greg Moore Youth Centre. Environmental, community, and arts groups have come together to make this a day to remember. For 4 hours the event site will be filled with flash mobs, music, art, stories, poetry, crafts, food, laughter, wonder, and so much more. Come early to avoid disappointment!
Whether you’re renewing your RMRS membership, the greenery in your yard, or your commitment to live simply and reduce your waste, this month’s newsletter has lots of good info. Learn more about our special guests at Ridge Meadows Recycling’s Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, April 2 at the ACT and check out the latest exciting updates on Earth Day celebrations (10am – 2pm on Saturday, April 20) as Earth Day Partners with the ARTS!
Another year with LOTS in store! This month’s newsletter highlights the idea of “Re-Think.”
Along with some easy & green eco-resolutions, our Vice-President Leigh Hodgins writes about making conscious decisions as a consumer.
Mark lots of exciting upcoming events on your calendar such as the NOW House Project Presentation Feb.5, the Lantern Festival Feb.22, our Annual General Meeting April 2, and Earth Day and the first Haney Farmer’s Market of the year on April 20!
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