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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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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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Volunteer sign up for the Empire Asparagus Festival has begun.


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The 14th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival

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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.

Visit our You Tube channel to view all of our videos!

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Zero Waste Events Made Easy



It’s easy to see why the Traverse City area has become the most popular destination in Northern Michigan for hosting events. There are plenty of parks for camping, family picnics and corporate gatherings. We have breathtaking views that make the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding. There are vast miles of trails to host running and snowmobile races. And, let’s not forget about all the fabulous outdoor festivals that happen here too. As the number of people that visit and host events in the Traverse City area increases, so does the amount of plastic and paper products that go into our landfills. So, how do we keep our Nature’s paradise clean and help the environment? One solution is to make your event a Zero Waste Event with help from Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC).



When you partner with Bay Area Recycling for Charities for your wedding, corporate event or any size gathering, you are making it a Zero Waste Event. That means virtually every bit of waste is recycled or composted. We are able to do this by having affordable and eco-friendly products that range from compostable serviceware (utensils, plates and cups) to biodegradable garbage bags.



To make hosting a Zero Waste Events easy, BARC offers 3 different service options:
  1. DIY – You picks up all the compostable serviceware and recycling bins from our Traverse City location and return them after the event.
  2. DIY with BARC delivery – We will deliver everything you need to your location and pick it up when you are done.
  3. Full Service – BARC will not only deliver all your products, but we will have staff on hand during the event to help sort all the materials.


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