Garbage, Recycling & Composting
Where Does Our Garbage Go? Think Twice!
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.
Metro Vancouver Solid Waste Management
Approval of the Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (PDF) (ISWRMP) in July 2011 set the framework for solid waste management in the Metro Vancouver Region for the next decade. The plan covers an eight-year period and was reviewed and updated in 2018. Every two years, Metro Vancouver reviews and reports on what progress has been made towards the plan’s goals (Biennial Summary Report (PDF) and Appendix B - Municipal Report (PDF)).
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 Transfer Station 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.
Maple Ridge has an extensive recycling program that is operated by the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society. For more information on curbside residential pickup services and scheduling in Maple Ridge, visit the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society website, call 604-463-5545 or try the interactive recycling day finder. If you need new boxes or bags, fill out the recycling box/bag order form.
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. Yard and garden trimmings can be dropped off at the Transfer Station. Please check Metro Vancouver's website for applicable tipping fees.
Transfer Station Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm (October - March)
8:00 am to 6:00 pm (April - September)
Sunday and Holidays
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed New Year's Day and Christmas Day