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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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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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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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Pour for More

So excited to announce the official participating venues: Rare Bird Brewpub, The Filling Station Microbrewery, BLK MRKT, The Little Fleet, Brewery Terra Firma, Taproot Cider House,Brewery Ferment, Short’s Brewing Company,Earthen Ales, The Workshop Brewing Company,Olives and Wine and more to come!
This month’s featured nonprofit is Bay Area Recycling for Charities. Enjoy the Pour for More drink at any of these venues to support a good cause!



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Turn Back the Clock and Recycle


Nov. 6 event to keep salvageable items from landfills

BY SARAH ELMS Oct 24, 2016
Read Full Article at the Record Eagle >

TRAVERSE CITY — Two years ago Bay Area Recycling for Charities recycled 30,000 pounds of dated television sets at the biannual Clean Up Green Up.

“It’s shocking when you actually quantify it,” said Ella Cooper-Froehlich, chair of Michigan Green Consortium.

It’s a glimpse of the amount of recyclable and reusable material collected at the community event the consortium hosts during each daylight saving time. This season 14 area companies are partnering on Nov. 6 to keep items out of area landfills.

They’ll be at American Waste’s facility at 280 Hughes Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. collecting a wide range of items, many of which are otherwise difficult or expensive to recycle.

TC Office Express is new to the event this season and will accept ink and toner cartridges. Image 360 will take commercial signage of all types, including backlit and neon illuminated. Participants can drop off snow blowers, chainsaws, air compressors and lawn mowers with Roy’s General Store, and Team Elmer’s will be at the end of the line accepting asphalt and concrete.

“Everyone recognizes the importance of managing our waste stream. It’s an enormous problem across the United States,” Cooper-Froehlich said.

BARC will again be collecting TVs, computer monitors, mattresses and box springs, but this year they ask community members to haul those items to their facility at 1732 Barlow St. People can pick up a $10 off coupon at the American Waste facility when they drop off their other recyclables and use that coupon when they take their large items to BARC.

BARC typically charges $20 to recycle those items, but Clean Up Green Up participants can cut that cost in half.

“Being a small nonprofit, we’re pretty proud of the fact that we can take in so many hard-to-recycle items,” said Andy Gale, BARC founder and president.

Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region’s Restore will accept clean plastic grocery bags, books, screen doors, ladders, tools and clean upholstered furniture. The store will resell the items at below average prices and use the profits to help build Habitat for Humanity homes throughout Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties.

“I love that we give the community an opportunity for this,” Restore Manager Donna Castor said. “It’s always a fun day and we make a lot of new contacts.”

Event organizers expect to see 1,000-1,200 carloads at American Waste on Nov. 6. There will be volunteers on site to help unload recyclable and reusable materials.

“It’s a very wonderful thing to see the volume and the groundswell of local support for this event,” Cooper-Froehlich said. “It gives us a warm feeling that this actually makes a difference.”

The consortium cannot accept dirty or broken upholstered furniture, toilets or sinks, tires, fiberglass, carpet, paint, household cleaners, pesticides, insecticides or toxic chemicals.

Visit for a complete list of accepted items and schedule.

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