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Empire Snowmobile Drag Race 2018 – Zero Waste Event

Fast sleds, food & drinks, live music and good times. Come join the fun at the 3rd Annual Empire Snowmobile Drag Race. BARC will be their, making this our first Zero-Waste event of the New Year!

The Drag Race takes place annually to honor the memory of Empire native and snowmobile lover, Roy Taghon. This year the event will take place Saturday, January 13th from 10 AM to 8 PM at the Empire Airport.

The cost is $10 and children under 12 can enter free! Bring the kids to this family friendly event and experience the thrill of drag racing.

Food and Drinks will be provided by Rockwich Food Truck (Sandwiches that Rock and Kitchens that Roll) as well as Lake Ann Brewing Company.

This will be BARC’s first Zero Waste Event of the year. Which means that virtually every bit of waste at this event 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. Learn More about Zero Waste Events here.

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We hope to see you there!

For more information on the event itself checkout Empire Chamber of Commerce website

Location: Empire Airport 13264 S Benzonia Trail, Empire, MI 49630
Time: Saturday, January 13th – 10AM to 8PM.

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Let’s work together to make things better in 2018!

A Note from Andy Gale, Founder of Bay Area Recycling for Charities

Dear BARC Supporter:

This holiday season, while reflecting on all you’ve gained over the past year, I’d like you to also take a moment to think about all the things you removed from your life.

As someone who supports BARC’s mission you know that nearly 100% of what you throw away can and should be recycled. Unfortunately, most of the things other people dispose of–from wrapping paper and cardboard to old electronics and food waste may wind up in a landfill.

BARC diligently continues our 9 year mission to reduce our community’s waste stream. In the past 12 months alone, we recycled more than 20,000 mattresses, a million pounds of electronics, and 3,000 refrigeration units. (That’s over 250 semi loads kept from the landfill!)…Not to mention all of the cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, and metal we rescued!

This year BARC took the opportunity to dramatically expand its operations by opening a 80,000 square foot facility in Kalava. This new facility will allow us to grow and develop even more exciting ways to reduce our waste stream.

BARC is also partnering with Michigan Tech and local philanthropists, businesses, environmental organizations to pioneer a new waste to energy process which will transform recycled plastic into green energy that we hope will helping to power our community within the few years. Please inquire if you would like more information on being involved.

But all this waste reduction and progress can only happen when concerned citizens like you continue to support the nonprofit mission of BARC.

Please help BARC raise the capital to keep the whole program running. Recycling markets are down this year and we can not do this on our own. WE NEED YOU NOW!!

Your gift will help create new ways to reduce waste in our community. You can give a tax deductible donation today by visiting our Make-a-Donation page. Together, we will make our community and our region a sustainable example we can all be proud to call home.

Let’s work together to make things better! Help us create a greener tomorrow.

Andrew Gale
Founder, Bay Area Recycling for Charities


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What We Do


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 love your help to push forward on our goal of making Traverse City the greenest city in Michigan.



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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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