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How to Shop Sustainably For an Eco-Friendly School Year

August 4, 2022 // Good to Know, Kaleva

As summer break winds down and the new school year fast approaches, preparing to return to school can be a chore. No one wants to think about that long list of supplies their teachers gave them while trying to soak up the last days of the summer. Unfortunately, that is why most students rush through […]

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How to Have a Sustainable Summer

July 7, 2022 // Fun Facts

Here in Michigan, summer means boating on the great lakes, having backyard BBQs with friends, soaking up the sun in a beach chair, or enjoying a picnic at a breathtaking state park. However, these super fun summer activities can take a toll on the planet by adding unnecessary pollution and waste to the ecosystem. With large crowds heading to our beaches, lakes, and parks this time of year, it is a great time to learn how to have a sustainable summer. Below, we will provide BARC’s top eco-friendly tips and swaps so you can make your summer more sustainable!

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What Happens to What You Recycle With BARC?

June 7, 2022 // BARC Services, Fun Facts

We usually start by deconstructing items destined for the landfill into their material components that can be used to manufacture new goods in downstream markets. If you have ever wondered what happens to the things you recycle at BARC, this blog will go into detail on how we process specific items!

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BARC is experiencing staffing issues due to covid outbreak

May 13, 2022 // Good to Know

BARC is currently experiencing a Covid outbreak among our staff members.  Therefore we are not fully operational at this time.  We are temporarily suspending our composting service due to staffing issues.  We are still available for recycling dropoff.  If you do stop by, please take every precaution required for your personal safety.  Please bear with […]

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Celebrating Our Conservation Efforts with the BARC Expo & Fundraiser

Celebrating Our Conservation Efforts with the BARC Expo & Fundraiser

April 7, 2022 // BARC Services, Events, Fund Raiser

Every April, the entire world gathers to celebrate the one thing we all have in common: our planet! It’s a wonderful time to discuss environmental issues, support environmentally friendly businesses, and nonprofits focused on conservation. This April, BARC is celebrating our conservation efforts by hosting the BARC Expo & Fundraiser!

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Growing our Roots in Kaleva into a New Role Serving all of Manistee

March 3, 2022 // Fun Facts, Good to Know, Kaleva

When looking for a second location to grow our mission inspiring an environmentally conscious culture in Northern Michigan, the charming town of Kaleva stood out to the BARC team. In this blog, we are going to discuss all the reasons we love our community here in Kaleva and talk about our new role as Manistee County Recycling Program Manager!

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BARC & North Ed Program Collaboration

February 11, 2022 // Friend Raiser, Good to Know

Read to learn more about our partnership with NorthEd, an organization dedicated to giving students positive learning experiences in the classroom and community.

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Year In Review: 2021

January 11, 2022 // BARC Services, Fun Facts

Looking Back On 2021 Looking back on this year, BARC has been working hard to make sure recyclable materials are kept out of landfills. BARC is a great resource for home and business recycling. We also offer other recycling services, from electronics to mattress and refrigerator/freezer recycling, to more out-of-the-box services like deconstruction, composting, and […]

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Repurpose for the Holidays

December 1, 2021 // Fun Facts

Tis the season! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the BARC family! This season at a glance is already shaping up to be very different versus years past. Today we are going to put a spotlight on the importance of repurpose shopping for the holidays. Christmas and Holiday shopping is […]

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Season of Thanks!

November 20, 2021 // Good to Know

Thank you to our Amazing Crew The season of giving is upon us and the BARC team would like to thank our amazing team members for their hard work and dedication to this team and for making the community greener! There is so much to be grateful for, not just this season but throughout the […]

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What’s Poppin’ in the Commons

October 10, 2021 // Events, Good to Know

Happy October! Happy October BARC friends! Fall activities are approaching in Northern Michigan! It’s time to explore pumpkin patches, enjoy fresh apple cider, find your way through corn mazes, and support your local businesses at farmer’s markets. One great place that hosts local events, and has tons of adorable shops and restaurants is The Village at […]

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Fall Events, Cold Beer, & BARC!

September 5, 2021 // Events, Good to Know

Mark Your Calendars! Fall is approaching and so are zero-waste events, beer festivals, concerts, weddings, and more! BARC is excited to be involved in a handful of events this fall, so we wanted to highlight some of our favorites! Recent Events Weddings in the Woods! Last month, BARC was honored to provide compost & recycling […]

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