Community and Sunshine Join RMRS to Celebrate Earth Day and 40 Years of Recycling!

SFU Cheerleading Flash Mob at Earth Day 2012

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, the sunshine and more than 3000 people came out for the biggest and best Earth Day event ever held in Maple Ridge!  Memorial Peace Park was bursting at the seams, with a multitude of entertainers, activities, demos and displays in every corner of the park and the Arts Centre and Theatre during the four-hour community party.

RMRS 40th Anniversary Cake at Earth Day 2012
We avoided sending plates and forks to the landfill by ordering a Cupcake Cake!

The very first Earth Day was the spark that inspired the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, so we tied our 40th Anniversary party in with the annual Earth Day celebrations in Maple Ridge. We wanted to make it a big event and create an atmosphere of celebration and recognition for all the ways the community supports the environment. It was a team effort, and everybody worked hard to create interesting green activities and displays celebrating nature & the outdoors, innovation & technology, community, and families.

Tying in our 40th anniversary raised the profile of the event, but its success was due in large part to a partnership with the ever-popular Haney Farmer’s Market, and good luck in benefiting from one of the first sunny days of Spring.

Eileen Dwillies, Market Manager of the Haney Farmer’s Market Society said, “What an exciting Earth Day for the vendors of the Haney Farmers Market.  Good weather, lively entertainment and early vegetables brought smiles to the faces of our customers.  The collaboration and hard work of the steering committee paid off.”

Culinary Blossoms at Earth Day 2012's Haney Farmer's Market
Culinary Blossoms serves up delicious treats at the Haney Farmer’s Market

The partnership between Earth Day and the Haney Farmer’s Market is a natural one and the market is a big draw, especially after a long winter. Everyone was well-organized and prepared so we kept our fingers crossed for the weather. The beautiful day was the clincher.

Success was also due to the strong level of support from the District of Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services staff and staff from the ACT. Thank you!

In past years RMRS organized Earth Day festivities to coincide with composter bin distributions and other recycling initiatives. A few years ago we passed the torch to the CEED Centre Society, and the event outgrew the CEED site and moved to the downtown park.  This celebration was really a return to roots for us!

We appreciate the partnership with the Haney Farmer’s Market, the CEED Centre Society, Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, Adopt-A-Block, Maple Ridge Library, “C” is for Comedy Events, and everyone else who worked so hard on Earth Day this year. It was everything we wanted our 40th celebration to be!

More photos posted on our Facebook Page.

Top photo of the SFU Cheerleading Flash Mob and the following gorgeous photos were taken by the talented Karen Learmonth of Amber Light Photography:

Ridge Meadows Recycling 40th Anniversary Cake & VIPs at Earth Day 2012
(L-R): Councillor Judy Dueck, Councillor Cheryl Ashlie, Councillor Al Hogarth, Pitt Meadows Deputy Mayor Doug Bing, MP Randy Kamp, RMRS Director Leigh Hodgins, Councillor Corisa Bell, RMRS President Dennis Kinsey, RMRS Director Carol Botting (Seated, L-R): MLA Marc Dalton, MLA Michael Sather, Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin Photo by Amber Light Photography


Childrens' Crafts at Earth Day 2012
Childrens’ Crafts at Earth Day 2012 Photo by Amber Light Photography


Bear Aware at Earth Day 2012
Bear Aware Display Photo by Amber Light Photography


Maple Ridge Library's Storytime Corner at Earth Day 2012
Maple Ridge Library’s Storytime Corner in the ACT Photo by Amber Light Photography


RMRS Character Cutouts at Earth Day 2012
RMRS Characters celebrate 40 Years of Recycling! Photo by Amber Light Photography


"Green" Baby Disco at Earth Day 2012
“Green” Baby Disco at the Freecycle in the ACT Photo by Amber Light Photography


Earth Day 2012 Presentation for Oct.3, 2012 Community Festivals Network meeting