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The Importance of Mattress Recycling for Our Environment

Did you know about 85% of mattress parts (including the foam, upholstery, wooden parts, springs, and box spring) can be recycled or repurposed to create new products?

In America we dispose of nearly 20 million mattresses each year, which leads to taking up around 132,000 square miles of landfill space.

With the normal lifespan of a mattress being a mere 7-8 years, this can add up quickly to become an endangering statistic in our society.

Using an unconventional method for mattress disposal is a great way to not only help reduce the amount of waste in landfills but also use the resources still available for additional resources and new creations.

You’ll discover that it’s actually quite easy to donate, properly dispose of, or repurpose your mattress while making a positive impact on our environment.

If you’re the do-it-yourself type, this short video by Canadian Treasure Hunter has many tips on how to take apart your mattress safely. It is important to exercise caution while doing so as many of the elements can be sharp from extended use.

You can also add to your compost pile with the bits and pieces. Build a wooden compost bin and use the softer mattress materials to keep bugs out! This is a great way to handle food scraps at your home, and we at BARC actually donate disposable leftovers to local farms to feed their pigs.

Tuck, a free and unbiased resource for your needs relating to sleep, did a wonderfully thorough guide with further ways to repurpose and recycle your mattresses.

To save yourself the hassle, BARC accepts mattress donations for only $20, while most charge between $20-40.

Donated mattresses need to be dry, intact, and have no signs of bed bugs. Some light staining is okay but darker brown stains will not be accepted. Mattresses should be stored either indoors or off the ground, under a tarp, prior to drop off.

This is because we believe in what we do and hope to give each family the opportunity to properly dispose of their mattresses to better our environment.

Let’s work together to make things better!

Thanks to Tuck for contributing the information for this article to our blog.

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BARC has Moved & Expanded!

We’re proud to announce that we have expanded by moving to two new locations!

This move will benefit our clientele in many ways, allowing us to hone in on specific needs at each location.

Our new main facility, still located in the Traverse City area, will be focused on our customer recycling drop-offs of electronics, mattresses, and refrigerators. We have developed a process to then transport these items to our location in Kaleva.

This allows us to differentiate between our customer service and daily operations as we continue to grow.


The new Traverse City facility is accepting recycling drop-offs Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm.

We request that there are no weekend drop-offs.

Our new space on South Airport Road is in the EPI Building with EmbroidMe.  We are located around back at Door H and Overhead Door 7.

Map Directions for Pick-ups and Drop-offs >


Recycling drop-offs for our second location in Kaleva, Michigan are by appointment only.

You can find further information on our contact page.


We look forward to serving your recycling needs even better with our new set-up!

Pssst… 9&10 News did a feature on this exciting new venture, you can watch below!

Northern Michigan’s News Leader


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Empire Asparagus Festival

Join us on May 19 & 20, 2017, We’ll get our GREEN on in more ways than one!!  Bay Area Recycling for Charities work with Empire Chamber of Commerce to make the annual Empire Asparagus Festival a Zero Waste Event.  What’s more is this event is also fund raiser for BARC.  We hope to see you in Empire!

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The 14th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival

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Earth Day – 1/2 Off Drop Off

Earth Day Event at BARC

This year on Earth Day BARC will have an Mattresses, Electronics, Refrigerators drop off from 8am to 12pm. All mattresses, TV’s and Refrigerators will be half price ($10 each in lieu of $20) to inspire everyone to get out and take part of this special day. Come on by our shop at 1732 Barlow Street (just two buildings north of the post office and across from the Secretary of State) in the Menlo Warehouse.

Please NO Tires, NO Furniture, NO Hazardous Household Waste!

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Together We Can Do So Much

Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) is, by definition, an organization whose purpose is something other than making a profit. Our goal is not only to be financially successful, but to be successful in terms of helping the environment. We try to accomplish this goal through our recycling services, educating the community and supporting local charities. However, getting the word out on the street about our mission can be challenging. That is why we are so grateful for our partnership with Northern Michigan’s News Leader – 9 & 10 News.

9 & 10 News has been an amazing and positive media source for BARC. With the help of their talented media consultants, we have been able to increase visibility and educate more members of the Northern Michigan community on our recycling services than ever before. Now, everyone from the shoreline of Lake Michigan to Alpena and just North of Grand Rapids to Sault Ste Marie, knows there is a smarter way to recycle mattresses, air-conditioning units, televisions, refrigerators and more.

Of course, as with any of the Bay Area Recycling for Charities partnerships, we do our part too. In exchange for 9 & 10 News’ help with our advertising and education efforts, BARC helps them with their recycling efforts. We have set up a recycling system at their facilities, recycle a mountain of VHS tapes and more. We are very proud to be partners with Northern Michigan’s News Leader. As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Thank you 9 & 10 News and Mane Content.

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