Ridge Meadows Recycling's March, 2017 newsletter
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Reminder that RMRS, Cinema Politica, and Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada are screening the brand new movie, "A Plastic Ocean" THIS THURSDAY, March 23, at 7:00pm at the Maple Ridge Council Chambers. Hope to see you there!

Other upcoming events include the LAST (Life After School Transition) Committee's Transition Resource Fair at Thomas Haney Secondary School at 7:00pm on Tuesday, April 4 and Ridge Meadows Recycling's Annual General Meeting at the Well Restaurant, also on Tuesday, April 4.

  Composters, solar cones, bear-resistant bins, and rain barrels are now on sale, the Spring Brush Chipping Program set-out deadlines are coming up, and Earth Day 2017 lead-up events are on now - come check out the fun!
Save the Date! 
On Thursday, March 23 at 7:00pm, we will be co-presenting a screening of "A Plastic Ocean" with Cinema Politica and Plastic Ocean Foundation Canada at the Maple Ridge Council Chambers, 11995 Haney Place.

Filmed in multiple locations around the world, "A Plastic Ocean"  had its Canadian Premiere in January.
Be one of the first to see this film fearlessly tackle one of the largest and most wide-spread problems in our modern world. 

View the trailer here.
Note that the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot will be switching to Summer Hours starting on April 1, 2017.

This means the Depot will be open 8:00am - 6:00pm Monday - Saturday. 

Sunday & holiday hours (including Good Friday & Easter Monday) is 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Summer hours will be in effect until September 30.

To order your Bear-Resistant Bin,
Solar Cone, Composter,
or Rain Barrel, click on the links,
phone our office at 604-463-5545,
or visit the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot at 10092 - 236th Street.
Thanks for working to keep your backyard green!
**Earth Day 2017 
Poetry Contest 
Entry Deadline
to APRIL 7, 2017


Earth Day 2017 POETRY Contest Rules


Earth Day 2017 PHOTO Contest Rules

Earth Day 2017 "Back to Nature" Lead-up Events!


See an event you like? Mark your calendar and click on the link or visit to register for these awesome Earth Day lead-up events designed to help you explore the outdoors and get "Back to Nature!"


March 18: Nature Day at Amsterdam Greenhouse
10am – 4 pm: 19100 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows All ages, all welcome to drop by and enjoy interactive and informative displays from 20 local organizations connecting our community to nature. Free seminars on raptors, bears, organic pest control and mason bees. Activities for kids include a Nature Day clue hunt. Food truck on site.
More details at

March 25: Trail Clearing with Ridge Meadows Outdoors Club
10am – 12:30 pm: Meet at the top end of Gold Creek Parking Lot, Golden Ears Park The event proceeds, rain or shine, but is cancelled if snow is lingering. We will be clearing encroaching brush from the first half kilometre of the East Canyon Trail. The event is open to adults and families with children as young as 13. Pets are not allowed. We will begin with brief safety reminders as we sign-up and savor our served-on-site hot chocolate. Wear work clothes suitable for any seasonal weather possibility, plus: work gloves, hat, hiking or work-suitable boots, small pack, spare jacket, rain gear, snack, and water. Tools are provided. Maximum 20 participants, RSVP required via

March 26: Katzie Slough Canoe Tour with Watershed Watch Salmon Society
10am – 1pm: meet at 17640 Kennedy Road, by the Kennedy Pump Station, Pitt Meadows. Join Watershed Watch Salmon Society and Ridge Meadows Recycling Society on a canoe tour of the Katzie Slough to celebrate local waterways!  Learn about the Slough’s history, ecology, and the challenges that make it emblematic of many small streams in the lower mainland. Cost: $20 to rent a canoe. Free with your own canoe/kayak. Please dress for the weather. Canoes, life jackets and refreshments provided. This is a kid-friendly event. Mandatory RSVP required. Please contact to register and confirm your attendance.

April 1: Allco Park Forest Walk with Alouette River Management Society

11 – 12:30 pm: Meet in parking lot at ALLCO Park. This forest tour will focus on identifying different tree and plant species both native and invasive, as well as learn the importance of wildlife trees to the local animals in this area. Park features include picnic facilities, equestrian and walking trails, scenic natural areas, open green space, park benches, river access and wildlife viewing. Family-friendly, rain or shine. Wear clothes suitable for weather conditions. Bring a lunch to enjoy in ALLCO park at the many picnic tables provided. RSVP via

April 8: Nature Photography in Kanaka Riverfront Park
with Amber Light Photography

1:00 – 2:30pm: meet on the trail next to the parking lot of Kanaka Creek Riverfront Park. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and nature as Karen Learmonth from Amber Light Photography guides you along the winding trails along Kanaka Creek and the Fraser River giving tips on capturing both detailed images and sweeping landscapes with your camera. Dress for the weather – warm clothes and an umbrella if necessary, event is on rain or shine. Bring your own camera (phone cameras are welcome!), water bottle, and imagination. All ages are welcome, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP via :

April 9: Watershed Centre Tour, Fry Release & Cliff Falls Walk with KEEPS
10:30am – 12:30pm: Meet at Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Center (Bell-Irving Hatchery), 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge Be one of the first to see the new educational facility as well as the newly created wetlands. Followed by a release of chum salmon fry and a walk to Cliff Falls and return. The walk has a few moderate hills and is not suitable for strollers. 
RSVP via

April 15: Family Hike to Lower Falls with Ridge Meadows Outdoors Club
1pm – 3:00pm: Meet at East Canyon Trail Parking Lot, Golden Ears Park Open to adults and families with children 10+, no pets, maximum 20 participants, RSVP required. We will begin with a brief orientation as we sign-up and savor our served-on-site hot chocolate. Everyone must be able to maintain a steady walking pace for a total of 6 km along the smooth, gently rolling trail. Wear clothing suitable for any seasonal weather possibility, plus: hat, hiking boots or trail shoes, small back pack, gloves, spare jacket, rain gear, snack, and water. RSVP via

April 22: Earth Day Celebration 
10 am – 2:00 pm: Memorial Peace Park
This eco-inspired, all ages event includes the Family Freecycle, arts & entertainment, interactive booths, flash mobs, a special Haney Farmers Market, electric vehicles, a Food Truck Festival and more. For details, visit the "Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge" Facebook Page or

 Easter Recycling Pickup Schedule:
 ON FRIDAY, APRIL 14 (Good Friday) OR
 MONDAY, APRIL 17  (Easter Monday)

The Maple Ridge Recycling Depot, located at 10092 - 236th Street, WILL be  open on both days if you would like to drop off your recycling. Sunday & holiday hours (9am - 5pm) apply.

2017 Spring & Fall
Brush Chipping Program Set-Out Deadlines:

April 18 (Tuesday) - West of 224th
May 1 (Monday) - East of 224th
October 10 (Tues) - West of 224th  
October 23 (Mon) - East of 224th

For more information and set-out limits, visit Brush Chipping Program

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society is a community-based, non-profit organization, advocating zero waste, operating responsible waste reduction services and providing environmental education.
We employ people with developmental disabilities assisting their integration into the community.

Vision: A waste free, socially responsible community

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