Bay Area Recycling for Charities was in The TICKER! Read our story below!
Andy Gale can find a use for just about anything. Used fryer oil? Convert that into biodiesel fuel, and that’s just the beginning.
Gale is the founder of Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC), a nonprofit organization whose net profits are donated to local charities. The company, which operates in Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Antrim, Leelanau, Benzie, and Manistee counties, was founded by Gale in 2008. Gale, who moved from Chicago to Traverse City in 2008, had little knowledge about recycling, but was passionate about environmental sustainability.
“I didn’t know anything about recycling but I wanted to learn more about it,” says Gale. “And I wanted to be a better recycling and so I started the organization to learn about how it works, and how it functions, and what markets are there, and how those systems all work together.”
What started as a small operation with Gale driving a pickup truck and collecting recycled material from businesses and residences has quickly grew into an operation employing ten people with a fast-growing line of new products and services.
History comes alive at six historic sites during the annual Port Oneida Fair at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). The Port Oneida Fair will be held on August 9 and 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to the many popular demonstrations, animals and exhibits, the fair will be a zero-waste event, will feature a chicken dinner on Friday, and will end with an astronomy party on Saturday night.
Each August, amid the pastoral setting of meadows, maples, barns, farmhouses and corncribs, the Port Oneida Rural Historic District awakens from its peaceful slumber and comes alive with activity true to the period when it was a community of robust farms. Once again, visitors are invited to step back in time at the two-day Port Oneida Fair on Friday and Saturday to experience life as it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Visitors can take the shuttle, drive, hike, or bike to the six unique historic sites where a variety of activities take place. Over 80 demonstrators will be at the fair. Timber framers, quilters and basket weavers will be demonstrating their crafts. Potters and blacksmiths will be hard at work. Oxen will be cutting hay in the fields. Interpreting the history of the Port Oneida community and its settlers will also be an important aspect of the fair. Park rangers, volunteers, and families of Port Oneida residents will share stories at various farm sites. Food will be available for purchase or you may pack a picnic lunch to eat on the trail or in a farm meadow.
Join Bay Area Recycle for Charities at the Northport Wine Festival this year. The festival is sponsored by the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Northern Wine Loop, the wineries located north of M-204.
This year’s event will feature the great wines of the Northern Wine Loop, great food from area restaurants and a people’s choice award for the best wine and food pairing.
The festival begins at 2 p.m., immediately following the Northport Dog Parade, and runs until 6 p.m. at Northport’s Haserot Park, north of Marina Park near the Visitor’s Center.
Tickets are available at the Northern Loop Wineries through August 10, or can be purchased from the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce by sending a check to the Chamber, PO Box 29, Northport, MI 49670.
Tickets entitling you to admission, a tasting glass and three wine tickets are $15 each.
BARC, or Bay Area Recycle for Charities, is a non-profit organization that serves the five counties of Grand Traverse.
BARC focuses its efforts on converting recyclables into revenues not only to support itself and fund its expansion, but to achieve its ultimate goal of giving maximum donations to local charities.
Bay Area Recycling for Charities offers easy, convenient options for maximizing the effect of your recycling, beginning with drop-off sites and pick-up service. The profits from the resources collected will be contributed to local charities.
BARC’s newest adventure is ‘Green Vision 20/20,’ a campaign hoping to have the counties of Grand Traverse, to be the greenest in the state of Michigan and a high competitor for other states.
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