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Northport Wine Festival is August 11

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.

Northport, MI 49670

45.129711151123 ; -85.616180419922

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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Who Are the Culprits?

I have lived here one year and am really excited about how much our community is green oriented. Anti-LitteringBUT I have wondered why the heck we don’t have recycle cans downtown. It was awesome to see your bins at the NCF but what would it take to have those around all year?

The photo below was taken by my husband after 10 minutes of picking up on Sunset Beach. Now we know who the biggest culprits are!”

-Whitney Fisher Miller, Traverse CIty

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Littering & Recycle Problem Downtown

July 21, 2013

City struggles with trash as complaints mount

TRAVERSE CITY — Overflowing trash cans, littered beaches and dirty bathrooms — that’s the not-so-pretty side of a community jam-packed with summer tourists and festivals.

Bag of ButtsSome Traverse City officials wonder how, indeed if, they can effectively manage the mountains of refuse amid staff cutbacks in an era of tighter government budgets.

Garbage began to pile up around beachfront and downtown trash cans during the National Cherry Festival and the problem hasn’t dissipated, said Steve Constantin, chairman of the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

“We walk the downtown every day and get to see what’s going on,” Constantin said. “It’s like ‘give me a pickup truck’ so I can empty some of these trash cans.

“We’re a million dollar city and we should look that way,” he said.

City officials snipped a ribbon to open the new Clinch Park pavilion on June 25, and less than eight hours later the women’s bathroom was littered with trash and several stalls had run out of toilet paper. The situation hasn’t improved much since then, said Brian Haas, chairman of the city Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Define Reduce

Reduce means finding ways to decrease, or lessen, the amount of garbage we throw away. 

Why this is important? Because we are running out of landfill space to put our garbage! (Have you checked out Glenn’s? Barf.)

You can REDUCE trash by…1. Buying items that use LITTLE or NO packaging (fyi – to package, use saran wrap, instead of tape bc you can recycle it and it packages things safer/better). This reduces the amount of material used to make packaging, and cuts down the amount of trash we produce. Keep in mind, most packaging used is made out of paper or cardboard, which can be recycled!

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