Celebrations begin Thursday with screening of the movie The Clean Bin Project

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society marks 40 years

Events planned throughout year, startubg Thursday with screening of

You could consider them, back then, 40 years ago, a bunch of eco-freaks bent on challenging the establishment – with no particular goal in mind.

But the rebels did have a cause, and it endured and has done lots for the environment since the creation of the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society in 1972.

All the good work done throughout the years, leading to the opening of the centre in the Albion Industrial Area and the reduction of tonnes of waste, will be celebrated with several events.

This Thursday, at 7 p.m., a screening of the movie The Clean Bin Project, will take place in Maple Ridge council chambers. That’s a movie about a Vancouver couple who try to live without producing any household garbage.

The video was produced by Grant Baldwin, who’s also doing a commemorative video about the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, now in its final edit.

“We’re excited, because we have a lot of things coming up this year,” said Leanne Koehn, with the society.

Koehn’s parents are Julie and Dave Koehn, two of the founders of the society. Dave was the first president of the recycling society and an early member of the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation.

“It was something they could focus on that wasn’t against something,” Leanne explains.

Part of the year-long celebration includes a display at the Maple Ridge Museum that starts Feb. 5 and runs until April.

And this Earth Day, April 21, the recycling society is leading the day with celebrations in the Arts Centre Theatre and Memorial Peace Park.

In October, the society helps launch the Go Green Environmental School challenges to tie in with Waste Reduction Week, from Oct. 15 to 21.

The society is also revamping its website and using YouTube videos to explain the recycling processes.

Leanne Koehn explains that the actual birthdate of the recycling society is unclear because it grew out of a committee of SPEC.

But Earth Day is what inspired locals to start recycling here, so that day serves as the society’s anniversary.


Recycling depot

The Ridge Meadows Recycling Depot is at 10092 – 236th St., just off River Road. It accepts all electronics, small and large appliances, cellphones, CFL light bulbs, oil, paint and pesticides and is open seven days a week, starting at 8 a.m.

Used items that can be bought at the depot include books and magazines, canning jars, and bicycles. Free left over paint that people have dropped off is also available for those odd jobs.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ridge Meadows RCMP looking for two credit card scammers

Pair of women completed fraudulent transactions at seven locations in May

Free film for Ridge residents to mark Plastic Free July

The Story of Plastic can be viewed for free on any device

Maple Ridge considers weekend closures of the main drag

Vehicle traffic would make way for pedestrians and cyclists

Maple Ridge goaltender taking talents to Junior A squad in Saskatchewan

Eric Clark, 18, undefeated with North VanWolf Pack this season; graduated from SRT with straight As

BC SPCA asking Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to take the No Hot Pets pledge

The BC SPCA receives nearly 1,000 calls a year about hot animals in cars

21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. as virus ‘silently circulates’ in broader community

Health officials urge British Columbians to enjoy summer safely as surge continues

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

Abbotsford woman starts petition to have B.C. government help with IVF costs

Jennifer Kuiken says cost of in vitro fertilization is too high for most people

‘Let’s all do a self-check’: Okanagan mayor reacts to racist vandalism targeting local family

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

B.C. businessman David Sidoo gets 3 months behind bars for college admissions scam

Sidoo was sentenced for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons

PHOTOS: Inside a newly-listed $22M mega-mansion on ALR land in B.C.

The large home, located on ALR land, is one of the last new mansions to legally be built on ALR land

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

RCMP searching for culprit behind needle-filled lemons left on Coquitlam-area trails

The two lemons found were thrown away leaving police with little evidence

Most Read