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Happy New Year! RMRS January, 2022 Newsletter Now Online

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

In this newsletter…

  • 2022 marks 50 years of Recycling Evolution in Maple Ridge! Throughout the year, we will be working on projects that highlight our 50-year history, starting WAAAAY back in 1972…
  • Evolution in Action! Starting February 1, 2022, all milk & plant-based beverage containers will be included in the Return It beverage deposit system…
  • 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.
  • Our next Repair Cafe is scheduled for Saturday, February 19 from 10am – 2pm at the Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Center. If public health orders at the time allow, bring us your broken stuff – AND your vaccine passport!
  • Books and magazines are both accepted at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot – if you find a book you want to buy, it’s yours for 25 cents!
  • Save the Date! We are hoping to hold an in-person Celebrate Earth Day event this year on Saturday, April 23. Help us explore “Pathways to a Better Normal” online & off!
  • In case you missed it, We are HIRING! We are currently interviewing for a supervisor, truck drivers, & swampers. Updated pay rates for 2022!
  • Do any 2022 stat holidays fall on your recycling day? Find out on our 2022 calendar…Despite the difficulties, there’s LOTS going on in our community this month! Stay connected, stay safe, stay kind 🙂
Happy New Year from Ridge Meadows Recycling!

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day 2021 EMERGE map yet? It’s great for exploring your community and has been viewed over 7200 times!

Holiday Recycling! RMRS December, 2021 Newsletter now online

Click to view the December, 2021 RMRS Newsletter.
All past newsletters are archived on our website.

In this newsletter…

  • REMINDER! The Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will be CLOSING EARLY, at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, and will be CLOSED on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.
  • STYROFOAM collection continues to be temporarily suspended by Recycle BC due to the recent flooding and infrastructure damage.
  • Our Holiday Recycling Guide will help you keep your holidays green
  • Did you know? Any kind of Light fixture, lightbulbs, & tubes are accepted at the Recycling Depot 7 days a week!
  • Take a look back with us on the year that was 2021…Depot Tours, a smelly visitor, hazardous waste collection, a celebrity wedding, and a return of our beloved Repair Cafes…
  • Do any 2022 stat holidays fall on your recycling day? Find out on our 2022 calendar…
  • In case you missed it, We are HIRING! New pay rates for entry level ($17.82/hour) & truck driver ($24.71/hour) jobs…
  • Despite the difficulties, there’s LOTS going on in our community this month! Stay connected, stay safe, stay kind 🙂
Have a great holiday season & see you in 2022!

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PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day Challenges map yet? It’s online at www.mrearthday.ca and has been viewed over 6500 times already!

Green Holiday Guide – at a Glance…

Pre-Christmas:

-Bring reusable shopping bags with you to stores
-Keep giving experiences & memories in mind instead of buying “stuff” that may end up in the trash
-Purchase handmade durable and reusable decorations &/or gifts from a local charity or craft fair
-Use newspaper or comics, or wrap gifts with reusable cloth bags, clothing items, or towels
-Consider buying a potted tree that can be transplanted into your garden after Christmas
-Use a timer on your tree lights so you’re not wasting electricity while sleeping or away from home
-Bring old Xmas lights to RMRS bins at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre, the Pitt Meadows Family Rec Centre, or the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot for recycling

 

Gift Wrap:

Pay attention to what kind of gift wrap you buy – plastic gift wrap or foil printed paper is NOT recyclable. Only buy paper wrap that can be put in the yellow recycling bag.

When UN-wrapping gifts, pay attention to what will happen to the gift wrap. If you unwrap presents carefully, most wrap can be reused for many years to come. Remove ALL ribbons, bows, and other decorations to store and use again next Christmas.

 

Hosting Parties or Events

-Use reusable plates & cutlery (& napkins!) if possible
-Pack leftovers in reusable containers (you can even give these to guests to take home…)
-Compost all food scraps & paper napkins

Recycle Curbside:
Red Box – Plastic Packaging: plastic bags (put together in one bag), trays, packaging & containers
Blue Box – Cans & Cartons: eggnog cartons, ice cream cartons, tin cans, aluminum foil & pie pans
Grey Box – Glass: glass apple cider jugs, wine bottles
Yellow Bag – ALL Paper & Cardboard: PAPER gift wrap, cardboard packaging, paper gift bags, paper coffee cups
NO: -NO ribbons or bows -NO foil or plastic wrapping -NO chip bags

 

After Xmas

-Bring your live trees to be chipped or composted at the green waste drop-off area of the Transfer Station
-Recycle all accepted paper & plastic packaging curbside or at the Recycling Depot

Recycle at the Depot:
-Old or broken… electronics & media (DVDs, CDs, cords, chargers, speakers, hard drives, USB drives, & earbuds), cell phones, batteries, small appliances (coffee makers, slow cookers, microwaves, toaster ovens), electric guitars or keyboards, other electronic toys, Xmas lights
-Unused paint & paint cans, aerosol paints
-All lamps & lightbulbs

 

For more information, phone us at 604-463-5545, visit our website at www.rmrecycling.org or “Like” us on Facebook. Or, join our mailing list to stay up-to date on all our new programs, schedules, and events!

Happy Holidays from Ridge Meadows Recycling Society staff, board members, Supported Work Program participants, and volunteers!

Adapting to Change… RMRS November, 2021 Newsletter now online

In this newsletter…

  • GLASS and STYROFOAM collection has been temporarily suspended by Recycle BC due to the recent flooding and infrastructure damage.
  • Get your holiday & container recycling on track with our Holiday Recycling Guide & Blue Box deep dive video & learn more about Recycle BC’s recycling program for Printed Paper & Packaging
  • REMINDER! The Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will be CLOSING EARLY, at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, and will be CLOSED on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.
  • Did you know? Old Christmas Lights and bulbs are accepted at the Recycling Depot 7 days a week!
  • We are HIRING! New pay rates for entry level ($17.82/hour) & truck driver ($24.71/hour) jobs…
  • We Fixed That! Photos from our October 23 Repair Cafe
  • The LAST #emergemr contest prize draw is on Friday, December 17 – post your photo to social media with the hashtag #emergemr to enter! Details below…
  • Despite the pandemic, there’s LOTS going on in our community this month! Stay connected, stay safe, stay kind 🙂

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day Challenges map yet? It’s online at www.mrearthday.ca and has been viewed over 6000 times already!

Click to view the November, 2021 RMRS Newsletter.
This & past newsletters are archived on our website.

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Join the Party! ONLINE Community Inclusion Dance Party Celebrates Diverse Abilities for Community Inclusion Month

Everyone is welcome! Join us as we CELEBRATE inclusivity and the diverse abilities and contributions of ALL members of our community at the LAST Committee’s Community Inclusion Month ONLINE DANCE PARTY on Wednesday, October 27 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

The Life After School Transition (LAST) Committee holds an event every year in October to highlight Community Inclusion Month, which is a time to celebrate the abilities and achievements of people with developmental disabilities and promote community inclusion.

The celebration, taking place on Wednesday, October 27 from 12:00 – 1:00pm, is open to the public. Anyone can join through a Zoom account using the meeting link 831 9903 0988 & passcode 129870.

Special guest Spandy Andy (www.spandyandy.com) will once again host the Dance Party & giving special Dance Lessons to viewers.

New this year, community and school groups supported by Community Living BC (CLBC) can register online at www.lastcommittee.org for a FREE pizza lunch, sponsored in part by Domino’s Pizza. Order deadline is Sunday, October 17.

Hope to see you online on October 27!!

 “We Can (Finally) Fix That!” – Maple Ridge’s Repair Cafés Are BACK With Safety Protocols in Place!

On Saturday, October 23, Maple Ridge Repair Cafés return at the Maple Ridge Senior’s Activity Center (12150 224th Street) from 10am – 2pm.

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!

The event will be held at the Maple Ridge Seniors’ Activity Center. Proof of vaccination will be required to enter the venue and people attending the event will be required to follow current provincial public health orders, which now includes everyone over the age of 5 wearing a mask at indoor events. Repair Café organizers will provide hand sanitizer and set up markers to help with social distancing.

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.

Community Inclusion Month & Waste Reduction Week! RMRS October, 2021 Newsletter now online

In this newsletter…

  • Celebrating Community Inclusion Month & Waste Reduction Week!
  • Join the Party! The LAST Committee’s Community Inclusion Online Dance party with special guest host Spandy Andy is on Wednesday, October 27.
  • Meet Berni, one of the amazing Process Support Workers in RMRS’s Employment Skills Program for people with diverse abilities
  • Repair Cafes are BACK! On Saturday, October 23, bring us your broken stuff!!
  • Did you know? Appliances and power tools are accepted at the Recycling Depot 7 days a week!
  • We are hiring! Entry level swamper positions starting at $16.05/hour. No experience? No problem!
  • Make note of the Maple Ridge Fall Chipping Program set-out deadlines…
  • Next #emergemr contest prize draw is on Friday, October 22 – post your photo to social media with the hashtag #emergemr to enter! Details below…
  • Despite the pandemic, there’s LOTS going on in our community this month! Stay connected, stay safe, stay kind 🙂

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day Challenges map yet? It’s online at www.mrearthday.ca and has been viewed over 5500 times already!

Click to view the RMRS October, 2021 Newsletter.
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Got Hazardous Waste? RMRS September, 2021 Newsletter now online!

In this newsletter…

  • The Maple Ridge Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event is coming up on Saturday, September 18 – have you registered yet?
  • Did you know? Paint, motor oil, and lots of other stuff is accepted at the Recycling Depot 7 days a week! Learn more about ProductCare’s Paint Recycling program 
  • REMINDER! The Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will be switching to Winter Hours and closing early, at 5:00pm, starting Friday, October 1.
  • Make note of the Fall Chipping Program set-out Deadlines!
  • Back to school!! Get your paper recycling on track with our Yellow Bag deep dive video!
  • Looking for educational video games for your kids? Our “Recycle It Right” online game may be just what they need to take over doing the weekly household recycling chore!
  • Meet our awesome volunteer Board Member, Glen Shipp!
  • Next #emergemr contest prize draw is on Friday, September 23 – post your photo to social media with the hashtag #emergemr to enter! Details below…
  • Despite the pandemic, there’s LOTS going on in our community this month! Stay connected, stay safe, stay kind 🙂

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day Challenges map yet? It’s online at www.mrearthday.ca and has been viewed over 5100 times already!

Click to view the RMRS September, 2021 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.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day September 18!

After last year’s successful event, the City of Maple Ridge is funding another Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day for residents to safely dispose of items that could harm the environment.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 10am – 2pm at the corner of 236th Street & River Road in Maple Ridge (near the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot). Residents MUST pre-register through an online form.

More information and online registration form at https://rmrecycling.org/environmental-programs/household-hazardous-waste-drop-off-day

 

Active Summer! – August, 2021 Newsletter Now Online

In this newsletter…

  • Two of our Depot Tours sold out, so we added another one!
  • Preparing for a summer road trip? Our video will help you learn more about recycling used oil & antifreeze at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot
  • Want to learn more about keeping wildlife wild & communities safe? Wildsafe BC is hosting an electric fence workshop on August 20
  • Save the Date! The next Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event will be on Saturday, September 18
  • Meet our awesome volunteer Board Member, Brenda Nadeau!
  • Next #emergemr contest prize draw is on Friday, August 13 – post your photo to social media with the hashtag #emergemr to enter! Details below…
  • Despite the pandemic, there’s lots going on in our community – stay connected, stay safe, stay kind 🙂

PS. Have you checked out our Celebrate Earth Day Challenges map yet? It’s online at www.mrearthday.ca and has been viewed over 4700 times already!

Click to view the RMRS August, 2021 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.