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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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BARC Finding Money in Mattresses

The Ticker, June 27, 2014

Andy Gale a top a big old pile of big old mattresses.

Andy Gale a top a big old pile of big old mattresses.

by Lynn Geiger,

Instead of money under the mattress, one local businessman is betting on money being in it.

Andy Gale, who has built a successful nonprofit recycling operation out of many things most people consider garbage, is now taking mattress recycling to a whole new level.

This spring Gale purchased Michigan Mattress Recyclers of Gaylord with a vision to expand the service and to keep Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) on its growth trajectory. It is the latest expansion for a company that started with just a pickup truck six years ago and is now leasing a 20,000 square-foot warehouse on Barlow and bringing all of its operations under one roof – now including thousands of used mattresses. 

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Waste not, want not

Glen Arbor Sun

By F. Josephine Arrowood
Sun contributor

“Thar’s gold in them thar hills!” So went the old saying about the 19th century Andy_Gale2-web-300x200Gold Rush in the American West. Today, there’s a resurgence of eager entrepreneurs mining for wealth—only now, the mountains are made of trash piled up in garbage bins, at curbsides, and landfills in every community in the country.

Andy Gale of Cedar is one such seeker who has made “waste not, want not” his personal and professional mission. The founder of Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) discusses his visionary goals and the extraordinary growth of his six-year-old venture.

BARC collects a wide variety of recyclable materials from both residential and commercial customers, offering both convenience and a cost-effective way to make their detritus “disappear.”

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Sneak Peak: Shop Your Community Day with BARC, Nov.9th

Shop Your Community Day


Downtown Traverse City

Support your favorite organization on Saturday, November 9, 2013 just by shopping downtown!

For every purchase you make at the following stores, 15% of the sale will be donated to the organization of your choice! It’s that easy to support your favorite non-profit, plus get a jump on your holiday shopping!

Look for the shopping bag and balloons for all the businesses participating downtown!

BE somebody who gives back!

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