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BARC provides recycling services for the TC Film Fest

TCFF will be celebrating 10 years!

StateImageHomePageThe Traverse City Film Festival has grown to become one of the largest film festivals in the Midwest, and one of the most respected in the country… right here in TC.

A special emphasis is given to American independents, documentaries, foreign films and films which have been overlooked but deserve the attention of a public starved to see a good movie. The festival also presents classic movies free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space Park at dusk. Free panel discussions with directors, writers, actors, and other members of the film industry are offered daily. And an affordable film school runs throughout the festival, offering twice daily classes for film students and film lovers. It’s a great and wonderful week.

The Film Fest brings thousands of people to our area and with them a lot of trash. BARC’s going to be on hand to recycle as much as possible. We’ll have recycle bins at every venue. Thank you for using them and see you at the movies!

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Cheers!

Traverse City Record-Eagle, July 14, 2014

…To Traverse City Parks and Recreation employees, volunteers from the National Cherry Festival and to Bay Area Recycling for Charities for getting out bright and early every morning to clean up mountains of trash left on city beaches and elsewhere after big Cherry Festival events. Crew members emptied trash cans and picked up garbage and debris while a city employee operated the beach cleaner, a machine that digs down about four inches and runs a screen through the sand to catch debris. Grand Traverse County Emergency Management Coordinator Gregg Bird estimated more than a half-million people descended on downtown Traverse City for the July 4 weekend. Bay Area Recycling for Charities founder Andy Gale said the amount of trash, recycling and compost was almost too much to handle.

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Post-fireworks show clean-up planned

Traverse City Record-Eagle, July 11, 2014

By SARAH ELMSselms@record-eagle.com

— TRAVERSE CITY — The beaches surrounding the Open Space Group Effortlooked more like landfills than sandy retreats the morning after the Fourth of July, and local volunteers are working to make sure it doesn’t happen again after Saturday’s fireworks display.

They’re putting the onus on beach-goers to leave the shores trash-free at the end of the night.

“Littering is not just throwing something out of the car window, but it’s also leaving something behind for someone else to deal with,” said Andy Gale, founder of Bay Area Recycling for Charities. “Our goal is to empower them to pick up after themselves.”

Gale and Traverse City resident Beth Price are recruiting volunteers to hand out 200 garbage bags along the beaches before the National Cherry Festival fireworks begin tonight.

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Festival clean-up a group effort

Traverse City Record-Eagle, July 8, 2014

By SARAH ELMS selms@record-eagle.com

— TRAVERSE CITY — Lauren Vaughn’s crews had the beach surrounding the Open Space almost to themselves two days in a row, a rare scene during the National Cherry Festival.

Andy Gale, founder BARC

That’s because the Traverse City Parks and Recreation superintendent’s crew members were on the sand Saturday and Sunday at 5 a.m. while Traverse City natives and tourists alike rested up from a holiday weekend packed with festivities.

City crews arrived bright and early to clean the beaches after Fourth of July fireworks and a U.S. Navy Blue Angels performance.

“That’s when we have the worst trash … after fireworks,” Vaughn said.

National Cherry Festival Executive Director Trevor Tkach said daily cleanup is a partnership between festival volunteers, the city of Traverse City and Bay Area Recycling for Charities.

“Unfortunately, people leave trash on the beach. They do it every day,” Tkach said. “We did our best to get out there and get it cleaned up quickly and have things ready for the net day.”

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Keeping the festival grounds clean

Traverse City Record-Eagle, July 7, 2014

By SARAH ELMSselms@record-eagle.comCherry Fest Trash

— TRAVERSE CITY — Volunteers in red T-shirts combed the beaches around the Open Space early today to collect food wrappers, empty beer cans and other trash left behind by weekend festival-goers.

Grand Traverse County Emergency Management Coordinator Gregg Bird estimated more than a half-million people descended on downtown Traverse City for July 4 celebrations and the National Cherry Festival’s opening weekend.

They took in the fireworks, marveled at the U.S. Navy Blue Angels — and left their trash.

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