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Reminder! Tissues and Paper Towels are NOT RECYCLABLE

REMINDER: Tissues and Paper Towels are NOT ACCEPTED in your curbside recycling or at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot. If tissues or paper towels are found in your curbside recycling, it will NOT be picked up. #StaySafe #WashYourHands #DontRecycleTissues #DontRecyclePaperTowels

Celebrate Earth Day Event CANCELLED :(

MARCH 16, 2020 UPDATE: Looking at the growing concern about spreading the COVID-19 virus, we see no alternative but to add our #MapleRidge Earth Day celebration to the ever-growing list of cancelled events ☹ We would hate that an event to celebrate Healthy Communities be the reason someone gets sick.

Our planning committee has already put many, many hours of work into what was set to be an amazing day.  They are all superstars.

We’re so sorry we have to cancel this year’s event, but look forward to working with everyone on next year’s event.

Gain comfort in the emerging reality of people slowing down, taking a (forced) rest, and spending time with their family, in their gardens, and outside in nature. With enough time to pause and relax and re-think and re-group and re-connect, it may even be the beginning of a paradigm-shift.

Fingers crossed. Wash your hands. Stay safe.

We will be contacting participants who have already registered about refunding fees or using them as pre-registration for next year’s event.

PS. You can still enter the Celebrate Earth Day Poetry & Photo Contests…

Repair Cafes CANCELLED :(

With sad hearts we are cancelling all Repair Cafés for the forseeable future due to concern about the COVID-19 virus spread.

The safety and well-being of our volunteers (many of whom are seniors) and our community members is paramount and we would hate to be the reason someone develops an illness.

Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in learning about home repairs, there are many online resources, including these ones from the Share, Reuse, Repair Initiative:

Stay safe, wash your hands, and keep on repairing!

The Maple Ridge Repair Café Planning Team

Solar Cone Food Digesters, Composters, & Rain Barrels now on sale!

We have once again opened our annual sales of Composters ($70), Solar Cone Food Digesters ($145), & Rain Barrels ($80). Residents can order any of these through the online form below. Payment can be made via credit card and the item will be delivered to your home.

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.

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, and Rain Barrels.

Order Form for Composters, Solar Cones, & Rain Barrels

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.
    *Note: We are no longer selling Bear-Resistant Bins. These can still be purchased from AJM Disposal for $225 -
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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!