Nov. 6 event to keep salvageable items from landfills
BY SARAH ELMS email@example.com Oct 24, 2016
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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 cleanupgreenup.com for a complete list of accepted items and schedule.
TCFF will be celebrating 10 years!
The Traverse City Film Festival has grown to become one of the largest film festivals in the Midwest, and one of the most respected in the country… right here in TC.
A special emphasis is given to American independents, documentaries, foreign films and films which have been overlooked but deserve the attention of a public starved to see a good movie. The festival also presents classic movies free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space Park at dusk. Free panel discussions with directors, writers, actors, and other members of the film industry are offered daily. And an affordable film school runs throughout the festival, offering twice daily classes for film students and film lovers. It’s a great and wonderful week.
The Film Fest brings thousands of people to our area and with them a lot of trash. BARC’s going to be on hand to recycle as much as possible. We’ll have recycle bins at every venue. Thank you for using them and see you at the movies!
Traverse City Record-Eagle, July 14, 2014
…To Traverse City Parks and Recreation employees, volunteers from the National Cherry Festival and to Bay Area Recycling for Charities for getting out bright and early every morning to clean up mountains of trash left on city beaches and elsewhere after big Cherry Festival events. Crew members emptied trash cans and picked up garbage and debris while a city employee operated the beach cleaner, a machine that digs down about four inches and runs a screen through the sand to catch debris. Grand Traverse County Emergency Management Coordinator Gregg Bird estimated more than a half-million people descended on downtown Traverse City for the July 4 weekend. Bay Area Recycling for Charities founder Andy Gale said the amount of trash, recycling and compost was almost too much to handle.