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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!

Spring, 2022 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 28.

The set-out deadline for residents EAST of 224th Street is Monday, April 11.

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!).

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

We have once again opened our annual sales of Composters ($85), Solar Cone Food Digesters ($170), & Rain Barrels ($95). 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 has boosted the profile of Rain Barrels, which enables 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 2022 Hand Out for Composters, Solar Cones, & 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 - www.ajmdisposal.com
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Event-full Year Ahead! RMRS February, 2022 Newsletter Now Online

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

In this newsletter…

  • Our first Repair Cafe of 2022 is scheduled for THIS Saturday, February 19 from 10am – 2pm at the Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Center. Bring us your broken stuff – AND your vaccine passport!
  • Let’s Talk about Milk! Deposits on milk beverage containers came into effect on February 1…
  • 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” online & off!
  • Looking for a fun way to volunteer? Check out our Earth Day Volunteer Video that has been waiting to air since 2019!! 🙂
  • We are HIRING! We are currently interviewing for truck drivers – if yoiu have air brake endorsement, come #ThinkGlobalWorkLocal for $25.94/hour!
  • Got questions about curbside glass? Join us for a Grey Box deep dive…
  • Spring Chipping dates are on the horizon…
  • Want to be part of Ridge Meadows Recycling Society’s legacy? Renew or sign up for membership before Thursday, March 3 to vote at the April 7 Annual General Meeting.

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day EMERGE map yet? It’s great for exploring your community and has been viewed over 7800 times!

Milk Containers in Beverage Program Starting February 1, 2022

Starting February 1, milk cartons, plastic milk jugs & plant-based beverage containers (e.g. soy, almond, & oat milk) will be recycled under the Beverage Container program.

Curbside Recycling WILL NOT CHANGE.

These items will continue to be picked up in your blue & red recycling boxes.

The new 10-cent deposit paid on all milk & plant-based beverage containers can be refunded at a Return It Bottle Depot. Beverage containers brought to the Recycling Depot are a donation to help run community programs.

Please RINSE all containers before recycling!

For more information, visit https://www.return-it.ca/beverage/recycling/milk2022/