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What Recycle Does – To the Point

Recycling helps extend the life and usefulness of something that has already served its initial purpose by producing something that is useable. Recycling has a lot of benefits and importance not only to us humans but especially to our planet.

Recycling Saves the Earth.

Recycling Saves Energy.

Recycling Helps Mitigate Global Warming and Reduce Pollution.

Recycling Reduces Waste Products in Landfills.


Help. Save. Reduce. Recycle.   BARC_logo_400x198_trans

Join us today to help better our communities. 

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Did You Know…

Did you know recycling creates new businesses that haul, process, and broker recovered materials, as well as companies that manufacture and distribute products made with recycled materials?

The recycling and reuse industry consists of approximately 56,000 establishments that employ over 1.1 million people, generate an annual payroll of nearly $37 billion, and gross over $236 billion in annual revenues.

Unlike the waste management industry, recycling adds value to materials, contributing to a growing labor force including materials sorters, dispatchers, truck drivers, brokers, sales representatives, process engineers, and chemists. These jobs also generally pay above the average national wage, and many are in inner city urban areas where job creation is vital.


Did you know that well-run recycling programs, like BARC, cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration? Did you know recycling helps families save money? And how about that recycling 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls?

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Benefits of Recycling: How It Works

Benefits of Recycling

Most of the reasons we recycle are environmental, although some are economic. These include:

Too Much Garbage

One of the main reasons for recycling is to reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills. Landfill usage peaked in the 1980s, when Americans sent almost 150 million tons (136.08 million metric tons) of garbage to landfills each year. Today, we still dump more than 100 million tons (90.719 million metric tons) of trash into landfills annually [source: Hall]. Even though modern sanitary landfills are safer and less of a nuisance than the open dumps of the past, no one likes having a landfill around.

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Sip Happens! Don’t Miss the TC Art & Wine Festival 2013, June 21st-22nd

164560_495780278092_7201281_nThe Traverse City Art & Wine Festival, held annually at the Grand Traverse Commons.

This year will be the hottest ever as the live music features formerly elusive, “Rodriguez,” who shot to stardom in the Oscar-winning documentary, ‘Searching for Sugar Man.’

All the fun happens Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd at this celebration of the region’s wineries and the spectacular culture of Northwest Michigan.

More than 4,000 people attended last year, but if that wasn’t enough, this year an exciting new addition is the exclusive Friday evening “Winemakers Party.” We’re talking total VIP treatment here, where attendees get to try some of the area’s best wines while chatting with the wine makers who created them. 

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Glen Arbor BBQ & Brew Festival with BARC

What: A gathering of Michigan microbreweries, regional restaurants and live entertainment under a gigantic tent in America’s Most Beautiful Place! This is a family-friendly event located just a short walk from Lake Michigan and your favorite Glen Arbor shops and restaurants.

When: Saturday, June 15th, 2-8pm. cropped-bbq-header-3

Where: Corner of M-22 and Lake Street in the center of downtown Glen Arbor, Michigan.
Who: Live music from Erratixz, over 20 samples of beer from 9 Michigan breweries & local BBQ from Blu, Art’s Tavern, Cherry Republic and Western Avenue Grill! We’ll also have non-alcoholic beverages from Cherry Republic, Great Lakes Tea & Spice, Northwoods Soda and Bay Lavender. Click here for more vendor info.

How Much: Admission is $15 per person, which includes 4 tickets. Extra tickets will be $1 each this year and are redeemable for both beverages and food. Beer samples are 2 tickets each, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Food sample ticket “costs” will vary depending on vendor and menu item.
Why: This is the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce’s biggest fundraising event of the year. So while you enjoy the finest in Michigan Brews and BBQ, know that all money raised stays in the community and goes towards the following:

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