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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.

RECYCLING DEPOT CLOSING AT 5:00PM STARTING OCTOBER 1, 2019

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.

Fall Changes – RMRS September, 2019 Newsletter Now Online

In this newsletter…

  • Shorter days means shorter hours at the Depot…
  • Fall Brush Chipping Program Set-out dates and info…
  • Want to help plan Earth Day 2020? Get Active & drop by one of our meetings!
  • Our next Repair Cafe is on Saturday, September 21 – and we couldn’t do it without our awesome volunteers!
  • Green Drinks! Join your fellow greenies Sept.24 at Big Smoke…
  • Check out one of 100 Debates on the Environment on October 1 and learn where your federal candidates stand…
  • As always, don’t miss all the amazing events & activities happening in our community!

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

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Fall, 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 Fall, 2019 deadline for setting out branches for pickup for Maple Ridge residents WEST of 224th Street is Tuesday, October 15. The set-out deadline for residents EAST of 224th Street is Monday, October 28. 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!).

Light Summer (Green) Reading – RMRS August, 2019 Newsletter now online

In this newsletter…

  • The BC government is looking for feedback on its plan to tackle plastic waste
    (go directly to the survey)
  • Summer Students Bronte & Robert recap their Plastic Free July experience on a livestreamed video
  • Kirk Grayson unveils the benefits and value of Green Infrastructure and Natural Asset Management
  • Our next Repair Cafe is part of GETI Fest celebrations on Saturday, September 21.
  • As always, don’t miss all the amazing events & activities happening in our community!

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

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BC Government Seeks YOUR Feedback on Plastics Action Plan

The BC Government is currently seeking feedback on new policy opportunities and proposed Recycling Regulation amendments to address plastic waste (see July 25, 2019 Media Release). (Go directly to survey…)

The four action areas the BC government is proposing in their Plastics Action Plan: Policy Consultation Paper include:

 

 
  1. Bans on Single-Use Packaging:
    Determining which types of plastic packaging to phase out altogether, as well as any necessary exemptions, such as those for health, safety and accessibility to keep products available
    for the people that need them.
  2. Dramatically Reduce Single-Use Plastics in Landfills and Waterways:
    Requiring producers to take responsibility for more plastic products, ensuring more single-use items like sandwich bags, straws and cutlery get recycled.
  3. Plastic Bottle and Beverage Container Returns:
    Expanding the deposit-refund system to cover all beverage containers – including milk and milk-substitutes – with a 10-cent refundable deposit, keeping millions more containers out of landfills and waterways.
  4. Reducing Plastics Overall:
    Supporting effective ways to prevent plastic waste in the first place and ensuring recycled plastic is re-used effectively
     

One of the intentions is to create programs that cover many different types of single-use plastic that may not be covered in a future federal plastics ban. It is also a response to the recent BC Supreme Court ruling against the plastic bag ban brought in by the City of Victoria: “The Province is currently reviewing all aspects of the decision and recognizes that local governments need clarity on what their authorities are and the process for acting on those authorities…”

BC also wants to work with the federal government to develop “national recycled content standards to ensure that…any new plastics and packaging produced contain recycled plastic.” This is good news and would provide both a market and a demand for recycled plastic.

Check out more information on the Clean BC website, then complete the public survey by September 18, 2019 at https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/plastics

 

Hello Plastic Free July! RMRS July, 2019 Newsletter now online

In this newsletter…

  • What are YOU doing for Plastic Free July?
  • Why EMPTYING your containers before recycling them is important
  • Our next Repair Cafe is part of the Downtown BIA’s Summer Market on Saturday, July 27. 
  • ARMS has a number of camps this summer for eco-friendly kids 🙂
  • The next “Green Drinks” enviro-get-together is on Wednesday, July 24
  • Finally, check out all the amazing events & activities happening in our community  –  so much going on!!

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

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Canada’s Plan to Fight Plastic Waste – RMRS June, 2019 Newsletter now online!

In this newsletter…

  • The Government of Canada announces upcoming single-use plastic bans
  • Our next Repair Cafe is part of the City of Maple Ridge’s inaugural Car Free Day event THIS Sunday, June 16. 
  • SUMMER DEPOT TOUR registration is now open!!
  • The next “Green Drinks” enviro-get-together is on Wednesday, June 26
  • Congrats to Port Coquitlam on the launch of their first Repair Cafe!
  • Finally, check out all the amazing events & activities happening in our community  –  so much going on!!

 

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

 

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Sorting Through the Recycling News – May, 2019 Newsletter now online…

Recently we have heard from concerned residents about news stories they are hearing about recycling going through a crisis – here are a couple of examples:

“Is Canada’s recycling industry broken?” (Global News, April 29, 2019)

“Reduce, reuse, recycle, rejected: Why Canada’s recycling industry is in crisis mode” (The Globe & Mail, May 15, 2019).

People had heard that after China closed their doors to overly-contaminated materials, there was nowhere for it to go, and their well-sorted recyclables were going straight into the garbage.

While this may unfortunately be true for other municipalities in North America, it is NOT the case in British Columbia, and definitely not the case in Maple Ridge. 

British Columbia is a leader in the recycling industry. Our stewardship programs, regulated and reviewed by the provincial government, are designed to be 100% funded by the manufacturers and retailers of the products themselves. Almost all items we accept at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depotare part of these programs, also known as Extended Producer Responsibilityprograms, or EPR.

Recycle BC is the not-for-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and paper product recycling throughout British Columbia. They address the China ban and what happens to collected recycling on their website.

There are two big reasons why we are largely unaffected by the shifts shutting down recycling programs in other parts of the continent:
1. BC has a local plastic processing plant – Merlin Plastics, located on Annacis Island
2. Recycle BC supports multi-stream recycling, which results in a cleaner product, that is more valuable to processors and easier to market. They also require their collectors to keep contamination levels below 3%.

Global News (finally) addressed how we are different (and mainly unaffected by recent changes) in a subsequent portions of their coverage –  “Canada’s recycling industry is on life support – here’s how to fix it.” and “B.C. better positioned to handle Chinese recycling ban.” CBC News also produced a video addressing “Why B.C. is better at recycling than the rest of Canada.”

While this industrial shift is a major setback to many recycling programs around the world, what will hopefully emerge is a better understanding of how the recycling industry works, the development of local markets and local jobs in the green sector, and more people taking responsibility for the waste they produce.

Also in this newsletter…

  • Our next Repair Cafe is part of the City of Maple Ridge’s inaugural Car Free Day event on Sunday, June 16. Learn more about this NEW event and bring your broken stuff to the Repair Cafe from 12-4pm in front of the ACT Arts Centre – next to the Electric Vehicle display!
  • Meet our Summer Students! Thanks to the federal Canada Summer Jobs program, we have two Community Education & Special Event Assistants joining us for the summer!
  • A local “Green Drinks” initiative is launching on Wednesday, May 29!
  • The Community Network has launched Pathways Community Services Resource Directory
  • Check out the action in our Celebrate Earth Day event video!!
  • Finally, check out all the amazing events & activities happening in our community  –  so much going on!!
Click to view an online copy of the RMRS May, 2019 Newsletter. This and past newsletters are archived on our website.

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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.