Ridge Meadows Recycling – Spring Updates!

Spring is full of activity at Ridge Meadows Recycling! In addition to screening the brand-new movie, “A Plastic Ocean,” upcoming programs & events include the Spring Brush Chipping Program, two events – our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the LAST (Life After School Transition) Committee’s Transition Resource Fair – on April 4, and Celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Finally, if you have recycling pickup on Fridays or Mondays, don’t forget about the Easter Weekend Holiday Pickup Schedule. Details below…
First up is the Thursday, March 23 screening of the powerful new film, “A Plastic Ocean,” at 7:00pm at the Maple Ridge Council Chambers. Presented by Ridge Meadows Recycling, Cinema Politica, and Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada. Guest panel and Q&A session afterwards. Be one of the first to see this award-winning film about the impact of plastic in our oceans, marine life, and our own health. Admission is free. View the trailer at www.plasticoceans.org

Easter Weekend – Curbside Recycling Pickup Schedule:
Reminder of our Easter Weekend Holiday Schedule – there will be NO CURBSIDE RECYCLING PICKUP on either Good Friday (April 14) or Easter Monday (April17). As per our new 2017 schedule, the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will be OPEN on both Good Friday AND Easter Monday.

Along with Easter comes the set-out dates for the City of Maple Ridge’s Spring Brush Chipping Program. Set-out deadlines are Tuesday, April 18 for residents who live WEST of 224th Street and Monday, May 1 for residents living EAST of 224th Street. No pre-registration necessary, simply place branches at curbside by set-out deadlines for pickup & chipping. See www.rmrecycling.org for details regarding set-out. Please note the set-out dates are when brush chipping begins in each area, but it will take around two weeks to pick up all the piles in each area, depending on the amount that is set out.

This year, Ridge Meadows Recycling Society’s Annual General Meeting takes place at The Well Restaurant inside Chances Gaming Centre on Tuesday, April 4 starting at 6:30pm. Current and new members are welcome to join us for our business meeting followed by refreshments and mingling.

Also on Tuesday, April 4, the LAST (Life After School Transition) Committee is hosting a Transition Resource Fair at Thomas Haney Secondary School starting at 7pm. At the Fair, students with extra support needs, their families, and caregivers can meet representatives from different agencies and service providers to help plan the transition from high school to continuing education, employment, recreation, and beyond!

Plans are well underway for this year’s Celebrate Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22 from 10am – 2pm in Memorial Peace Park as Earth Day goes “Back to Nature.”

**NOTE!! Poetry Contest Deadline Extended!! Entries are now being accepted until Friday, April 7.

Earth Day Lead-up events designed to get residents outdoors and exploring nature have already started and are happening every weekend until the event – see www.mrearthday.ca for details and sign up on the EventBrite link.

There are plenty of exciting activities in store at the main event on April 22 including a special Haney Farmers Market, an expanded Food Truck Festival, and the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation’s annual Spin-a-Thon fundraiser on the Bandstand! In addition to arts, crafts, and performers, you will also find old favourites like the Family Freecycle, the Cycle Recycle Free Bike Draw, and VEVA’s Electric Vehicle Display. More information at www.mrearthday.ca or on the Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge Facebook Page. See you there!