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About BARC

Get To Know BARC

Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) is based in Traverse City, Michigan we offer comprehensive recycling services and eco-friendly products for homes, businesses, and events. We serve the northern Michigan counties of Grand Traverse, Antrim, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Benzie and Manistee.

Mission

Our Mission is to inspire an environmentally conscious culture in Northern Michigan and beyond by educating people on the long-term value of recycling and making recycling and green choices simple and accessible to individuals and organizations across the region.

Vision

Our vision is to create a more environmentally conscious, service-minded, connected community. We strive to achieve our vision by committing to making responsible waste management the easy, convenient choice and by continually reinvesting our profit in our community and adhering to our core values: educate, inspire, give, connect, and serve.

History

Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) was started in 2008 with one man, one truck and one revolutionary idea: Increase recycling efforts in communities through service, education, and charitable donation. 

We now have 20 full-time employees, eight trucks, and dozens of trailers to help manage our local recycling efforts. Our fleet also boasts 4 semi trucks and 15 semi-trailers for larger projects.  In addition to all this wonderful growth, we are proud to report that on average we give over $25,000 worth of in-kind good and services–including compostables, waste services, and fundraising event support–to other local nonprofits.

Fun Facts

Breaking Down Electronics Recycling

What to do with defuncted electronics If you are like many people, you have defunct electronics laying around your home. Perhaps it is an old TV, spent batteries, last year’s cell phone, or an ancient laptop or desktop computer. In fact, 75% of old electronics in existence are still in people’s homes. Whatever the case, […] Read Full Article ⟩

What We Do

My How we a have Grown BARC is growing and giving! We are always striving to achieve our mission’s objectives of recycling and giving back to the many local non-profit within the our Northern Michigan community. In addition to residential and business recycling, we have grown our services to create a larger impact. We would […] Read Full Article ⟩

The Dirt on Composting

The art of composting has several different factors that work together to create an organic matter. Broken down by microorganisms into this useable form, it aids in environmental well-being while offering nutrients rich for plant growth. The benefits are seen daily, from reducing methane emissions in landfills to minimizing the need for chemical fertilizers.   […] Read Full Article ⟩