Garbage, Recycling & Composting

Maple Ridge Proudly Recycles and Composts about 55% of Residential Waste!
Metro Vancouver is responsible for managing the garbage produced by 2.3 million residents and businesses in the lower mainland who generate 3.4 million tonnes of garbage and recyclables. Approval of the Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ISWRMP) in July 2011 sets the framework for solid waste management in the Metro Vancouver Region for the next decade. The plan's first priority is to reduce, reuse and recycle as much garbage as we possibly can. This region now recycles about 55% of its garbage. That's far better than the 22%  Canadian average. The plan outlines initiatives to achieve even higher waste diversion rates: 70% by 2015 and 80% by 2020.

Organics Disposal Ban
On January 1, 2015 a Metro Vancouver Organics Disposal Ban commenced. The goal of this program is to encourage residents across Metro Vancouver to separate food waste from regular garbage. View information on how this will impact residents of Maple Ridge, how to get more information on this program and alternatives for you to deal with the implications. 

Adopt-A-Block involves collecting small amounts of litter on a monthly basis in your designated area. Associated with Adopt-A-Block are three other programs, including Adopt-A-Stream, Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Trail. Adopt-A-Block welcomes everyone! 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. Contact Adopt-A-Block at 604-463-9699 or by email.

Garbage Disposal
Maple Ridge residents are responsible for their own waste removal. Acceptable garbage may be taken to the transfer station, or private collectors can be found in the Yellow Pages under "Garbage."

The City of Maple Ridge has an extensive recycling program that is operated by the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society. To arrange for collection, call Ridge Meadows Recycling at 604-463-5545. If you advise them you are a new resident they will deliver your blue recycling box and colour-coded bags curbside at your new address.

For more information on curbside residential pickup services and scheduling in Maple Ridge, please visit the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society website or try our new interactive recycling day finder.

Yard & Garden Trimmings
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. Unlimited yard and garden trimmings can be dropped off at the transfer station.