Canadians generate approximately 31 million tonnes of garbage a year and only recycle about 30 per cent of that material. This means that each person generates approximately 2.7 kilograms of garbage each day. Due to the sheer volume of waste many existing landfill sites are approaching capacity and few people want new sites built near their communities.
Adopt-A-Block welcomes everyone and involves collecting small amounts of litter on a monthly basis in your designated area. Students participate to gain volunteer hours to graduate, retired individuals join to stay active in their community, families adopt together as a fun, constructive activity – the possibilities are endless. Keeping our community tidy makes Maple Ridge that much more beautiful to enjoy. Associated with Adopt-A-Block are three other programs: Adopt-A-Stream, Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Trail. Contact Adopt-A-Block at 604-463-9699 or by email to Adopt-A-Block.
Maple Ridge residents are responsible for their own waste removal. Acceptable garbage may be taken to the Maple Ridge Recycling and Waste Centre or private collectors can be found on the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society's page here.
Organics Disposal Ban
A third of the garbage in our landfills is organic material that could have been composted and used to enhance the environment. On January 1, 2015 a Metro Vancouver Organics Disposal Ban commenced in order to support food scraps recycling. You can find out more about the Organics Disposal Ban here on the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society's website.
If you have too much green stuff, too many leaves, grass clippings and branches that won't fit into your backyard composter and too much grass to leave on your lawn, there is an alternative to throwing it in the garbage, ravine or burning. Yard and garden trimmings can be dropped off at the Maple Ridge Recycling and Waste Centre. Please check Metro Vancouver's website for applicable tipping fees.