Ridge Meadows Recycling's February, 2017 newsletter
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So despite a few disruptions, we made it through the snows and storms!
Our crews were superstars working in the cold, snowy, rainy, and difficult conditions and we appreciate residents' patience & understanding in the areas our trucks couldn't reach due to road & weather conditions.

Looking forward to Spring, there are composter, solar cone, bear-resistant bins,
and rain barrel sales starting up, the Spring Brush Chipping Program
set-out deadlines, Earth Day 2017 lead-up events and photo/poetry contests,
an exciting new movie premiere, our Easter holiday pickup schedule, and more!

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.

Note: We currently have Bear-Resistant Bins, Composters, and Rain Barrels in stock. We are expecting the Solar Cones to arrive late March, so please add your name to the waiting list.
Thanks for working to keep your backyard green!
Save the Date! 
On Thursday, March 23 at 7:00pm, we will be co-presenting a screening of "A Plastic Ocean" with Cinema Politica 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.

Earth Day 2017 Poetry & Photo Contests  NOW OPEN!!
Entry deadline is March 8.

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 4: Seedy Saturday at the Intergenerational Garden

11am -2pm: Intergenerational Garden #22517 121 ave. Maple Ridge The Intergenerational Garden welcomes everyone to join us for its first annual Seed exchange in celebration of spring and the new growing season. The event will be focused around seed swapping and a gardening book exchange table. Rain or shine. RSVP via

March 5: Nature Sketching with Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Robi Smith
2pm – 4pm: Meet at the Artist in Residence Studio, 23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge All ages, maximum 12 participants, bring your own sketchbook and drawing materials. Rain or shine (rain plan is to sketch indoors). RSVP required via

March 12: Spirea Trail - Stroll, Play & Discover
10 am – 12 pm: Meet the Worms & Wee Ones Group at the interpretive sign at the edge of the Spirea Trail parking lot in Golden Ears Provincial Park for a short introduction before we set out on the trail. We will walk Spirea Trail at a toddler/preschooler pace. The event is geared towards families with children under the age of 6. Older siblings and other family members are welcome, and encouraged, to join us! No pets allowed. The trail is about 500 m, flat, and is accessible by stroller. Caregivers are responsible for their children's safety and behaviour at all times. Be aware that the boardwalks cross over marshy areas and a small pond. Dress for the weather. The boardwalks can become slippery so proper footwear is advised. Bring a snack and a water bottle.

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

Details TBA

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.

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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