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Gift Wrap Accepted/Not Accepted at the Depot

Last year, just after Christmas, we had some of our paper bales rejected because they had too much plastic/foil wrap mixed in as well as ribbons & bows. All of these bales ended up in the garbage 🙁

At the Recycling Depot, we can usually monitor the non-paper gift wrap and keep contamination levels low, but when it is REALLY busy (right after Christmas), we get up to 600-750 cars per day and staff are unable to keep up with the amount of non-paper wrap & ribbons people are dropping off.

We do accept PAPER gift wrap at the Depot, however, during this busy time it is too much for our staff to keep up with, so we have made the decision not to accept any of it until the busy time is over.

Apologies for the confusion & happy holidays! We welcome your PAPER gift wrap at the Recycling Depot anytime after January 5!

Happy Holidays! – RMRS December, 2019 Newsletter Now Online

2019 was a year of new events (Car Free Day, Green Drinks), continued successes (Maple Ridge Repair Cafes, Celebrate Earth Day), and some hard losses (RMRS Board Member Jon Harris, past Board Member Bernice Gehring, and Haney Farmers Market & Earth Day volunteer Paul Dwillies).

Huge thank you’s to all our volunteers and supporters – from our amazing Board of Directors to our Repair Cafe Fixers to everyone who made Celebrate Earth Day 2019 such a success.

Post-Christmas, don’t forget to save your wrappings, trimmings, and trappings to reuse next year! See holiday guide below on how to recycle all your packaging…

Happy New Year from Ridge Meadows Recycling and may 2020 bring you ever closer to Zero Waste 🙂

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Jon Harris

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jon Harris, a long-time Ridge Meadows Recycling Society Board Member.

Jon had always been involved in his community. He lived in Maple Ridge all his life and served on the Maple Ridge Council for 12 years.

He volunteered for the Fire Department, Parks & Leisure, and Scouts Canada. Jon joined the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society after retiring as a way to stay involved in his community.

We will miss him and are thinking of his loved ones at this time.

Jon’s story was profiled in a 2007 BC Notaries publication:

“I think the biggest challenge for our Society is the extremely complicated nature of recycling. It continues to change at a rapid pace as new technology and processes are developed and societal attitudes towards waste reduction shift.

Ridge Meadows Recycling’s biggest strength is its flexibility, the ability to be adaptable and move with the changing times. Part of this ease is due to the strong principles the society is founded on, which guide the Board of Directors when faced with difficult decisions.”

-Jon Harris, 2012

Preparing for a Green Holiday – RMRS November, 2019 Newsletter Now Online

In this newsletter…

  • Mark our 2019 Holiday Recycling Pickup Schedule on your calendar (especially if you have recycling pickup on WEDNESDAYS) and check out our 2020 Stat Holiday Calendar.
  • Keep your Christmas green by giving experiences instead of gifts, re-using your wrapping paper, and planning to give away leftovers after a big meal. Metro Vancouver has lots of great tips and gift ideas for a variety of budgets on their Merry Memory Maker.
  • Check out the next video in our “How to Recycle” video series
  • The next Green Drinks is all about climate-friendly festivities! Join your fellow greenies on Tues, Nov.26 at 6:30pm at Bean Around Books!
  • Our LAST Repair Cafe of 2019 is THIS Saturday, November 23 at the Library – bring us your broken (Christmas!) stuff!! PLUS – Repair Cafes will start again on Saturday, February 15, 2020 courtesy of Vancity <3
  • We LOVE our volunteers! In this newsletter, meet Repair Cafe volunteer Hannah!
  • As always, don’t miss all the amazing events & activities happening in our community, including LOTS of Winter Craft fairs at local Elementary Schools!! #shoplocal #supportourschools!!

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Update – Recycling Truck Fire – Nov.12, 2019

As you may have heard, one of our trucks caught fire while it was parked in a parking lot during a driver’s break. Thankfully, no one was injured, but the truck is not able to be repaired. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we head toward the busy holiday season.

-Ridge Meadows Recycling Society
November 12, 2019

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!

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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!

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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!!

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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.
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