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What We Do


BARC is growing and giving! We are always striving to achieve our mission’s objectives of recycling and giving back to the many local non-profit within the our Northern Michigan community. In addition to residential and business recycling, we have grown our services to create a larger impact. We would love your help to push forward on our goal of making Traverse City the greenest city in Michigan.



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2017 Empire Hops & Harvest Festival – Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers Needed for the

2017 Empire Hops & Harvest Festival

October 7 @ 12:00 pm  10:00 pm


The Village of Empire and Bay Area Recycling for Charities need your help! We have several volunteer positions available for this years Empire Hops and Harvest Festival.

We need helpers for the day of the event with security, beer pouring, and ticket taking.

Volunteer for a 4 hour shift and receive a Volunteer Shirt, commemorative beer glass, 2 beer tickets, and more!

As always, we appreciate your help and support with making these events waste free!

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What kind of beer will you be pouring?

Beverages featured from:

  • Acoustic Mead
  • Black Star Farms
  • Creston Brewery
  • The Filling Station
  • Lake Ann Brewing Co
  • North Peak/Nomad Cider
  • Northwood’s Soda Bar* – kegs of Root Beer and other flavors
  • Right Brain Brewery
  • St. Ambrose
  • Stormcloud
  • The Workshop

*New this year! Kids get an 8 oz. root beer mug and unlimited pours for $4, now the kids are drinking too!

For that quick bite after your shift, the Empire Hops & Harvest Fest has multiple food vendors, including:

  • Art’s Tavern Glen Arbor
  • Deering’s Jerky
  • Dicky’s Barbecue Pit
  • Mama Lu’s
  • Nepalese Have Another
  • Pleva’s Meats
  • Rocco’s Pizzeria
  • Scalawags
  • Shipwreck Cafe

Live Music

Played by Jackpine5th GearBrotha James, and The Benzie Playboys will keep you upbeat while on your feet. It’s an event you won’t want to miss being a part of!

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The Dirt on Composting

The art of composting has several different factors that work together to create an organic matter.

Broken down by microorganisms into this useable form, it aids in environmental well-being while offering nutrients rich for plant growth. The benefits are seen daily, from reducing methane emissions in landfills to minimizing the need for chemical fertilizers.

In addition to composting for many of the local events, BARC pairs together with individually owned farms in the area in need of compost to sustainably feed their animals and enrich soil for crops.

Through this partnership recycling comes full circle, allowing food that would be sitting in landfills to be repurposed as a source of natural energy and necessary nutrients.

One of these local farms is Realeyes Homestead, whose owners hold a strong belief in sustainable living while taking the reigns on matters that BARC fully believes in.

With both chickens and pigs to feed, we help them by providing food waste for 90% of their diets!

Not only does this give us a place to have our compost utilized but also, with the farm being closeby, depletes the cost of moving this heavy matter.

Their podcast, Permaculture Realized, delivers on the knowledge needed to turn your own homestead into an ecologically restorative part of the community. If you’re curious how BARC got it’s start, they’ve done an interview with founder Andy Gale on the ins and outs of large scale recycling.

With a passion for producing good quality food while improving soil and land, Morganic Farm is another one of our partners we offer compost to. They house hogs, dairy goats, rabbits, ducks, and hens while doing all of their gardening by hand using ecological practices on their 30 acres.

Are you a local farmer in need of compost to feed your pigs? Contact us!

What can be composted?

Most food scraps are compostable, including fruits & veggies, eggshells, coffee grounds & filters, tea bags, nutshells, and more; but it doesn’t stop there.

Household items such as paper and cardboard products (but not coated, shiny paper as seen on some food labels), cotton and wool rags, fireplace ashes, and vacuum lint can also be added to enrich your composting source.

Compost is made up of three different parts:

  • Browns (dead leaves, woodchips, branches, twigs, etc)

  • Greens (fruit & vegetable scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds, etc)

  • Water

These are layered evenly and turned occasionally to aerate and aid the decomposing process.

It’s easy and simple to do.

Piles need to be turned only once a week in the summer, and about once every three to four weeks during winter. Getting a bin with small worms or critters will help along the process. When composting is done right, you won’t even notice it’s there.

Composting is for everyone!

Apart from the benefits already mentioned, compost will help your plants flourish! Use it in houseplants or sprinkle it around your garden and lawn and you’re sure to notice the difference.
Interested in making your carbon footprint smaller? Choose one of these options to start your own composting bin, wherever you live!

1. BARC started their composting with a simple palette board setup. If you have yard space, you too can create one just like we did by following this tutorial!

2. If you don’t have access to yard space, this short tutorial for making your own composting bin in under 15 minutes is great for a balcony or apartment.

3. For those wanting a less hands-on approach but are still interested in helping the environment, this youtuber talks about how she takes her food scraps to a local farmer’s market each week while keeping her apartment odorless.

We hope this has inspired you to start your own journey in composting to better our environment!



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Calling All Volunteers!

We need your help at the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival on August 11 & 12!

Join us for a fun evening of pouring beer while enjoying live music and additional perks!


Highlights include music performed by local artist May Erlewine, Flam Chen (circus & fire theatre), That 1 Guy, and more with additional stages solely for comedy and silent disco. Find out more on the TC Microbrew Fest site!

With a plethora of food and brewery choices to discover, you’ll know why this is a can’t miss event of the summer and you’re in luck — we’re offering volunteers free entry and perks!

Volunteers will receive free access, a commemorative glass, and five beer tokens. In addition, BARC will donate $25 to your nonprofit of choice, so please sign up ASAP! 

Friday Volunteers will have a free ticket for Saturday while Saturday volunteers can have access for either Friday or their off shift on Saturday. Volunteers cannot be intoxicated while volunteering.  Any volunteers wishing access prior to their shift will need to purchase a ticket before and be signed off by their supervisor for reimbursement.

Special attention goes towards filling the Saturday night shift, your help is much appreciated!

We can’t wait to see you there.

Click here to sign up!

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