For 40 years, residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have been able to get rid of a lot of household junk without worrying about it ending up in a landfill.
The Ridge Meadows Recycling Society started collecting recyclables in a shed in Hammond in 1972, then in a space in 1974 at the Cottonwood landfill - aptly called a "dump" in those days - and now at their facility on River Road that opened in 1990 where they accept a wide variety of items from newspaper and office paper to electronics, paint, oil tanks, and even the kitchen sink.
The Ridge Meadows Recycling Society has been celebrating its 40 years of existence this year, and in doing so they decided to look at the up-and-coming generation of recyclers.
The society called for the nominations of 40 Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents under the age of 40 who have shown they care about the environment by reducing waste, educating others, and living a sustainable lifestyle.
There were families who recycled together, there were kids who rode their bikes around town, and there were people who are farming on small acres to help sustain the local food movement. Also being honoured are students in various schools who make sure their school's environmental footprint in minimized, as well as many others.
These 40 Under 40 will be honoured at tonight's Maple Ridge council meeting, at 7 p.m., to coincide with Waste Reduction Week. (See pages A13 to A15 for more about the 40 Under 40.)