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BARC’s Recycling Secrets

December 7, 2018 // Good to Know

BARC Featured On Recycler Secrets Podcast Our very own Andy Gale had the pleasure of sitting down with Jonathon Matthews of the Recycler Secrets Podcast to talk all things BARC! In the podcast these two dive into the topics of mattress recycling, electronic waste, event recycling, zero landfill events, and compostable plastics. You will also […]

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Simple Tips For a Greener Holiday Season

November 29, 2018 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

Celebrate the Holidays in Greener Ways The days that fall between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are full of opportunities to celebrate. Unfortunately, many of the common ways we celebrate this happy season—eating and drinking, decorating, traveling, shopping, and gift giving, are hard on our environment. Americans throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving […]

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Smart ways to reduce wedding waste

7 Smart Ways to Reduce Waste at your Northern Michigan Wedding

October 18, 2018 // BARC Services, Good to Know

Northern Michigan is a wedding mecca. Lake Michigan coastline and charming lakeside towns border this wedding-destination paradise, filled with vineyards, cherry orchards, and picturesque antique barns. The area’s natural environment is why couples are drawn to host their wedding here. It is also why it is so crucial to consider a wedding’s impact on that […]

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Breaking Down Electronics Recycling

August 13, 2018 // Fun Facts

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, […]

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BARC Location Update

July 15, 2018 // Good to Know

BARC is moving!  We will have a new facility in the Traverse City Area starting on July 23, 2018, and will resume drop-offs AFTER July 23. The Kaleva Location is STILL CLOSED until further notice. Visit the new locations page for Traverse City > Our facility at Airport Road and La Frainer will be CLOSED FOR […]

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Think Global. Act Local.

April 20, 2018 // Friend Raiser

April 22nd is the day that Global Action is taken for the sake of Earth.  It is a day that political action and civic participation comes together to make a positive impact for the world that we live in. Although it is important to Think Global, it is ever more crucial to Act Local. As […]

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Thank You to an Incredible Community

March 30, 2018 // Kaleva

A Note from Andy Gale The past few months have been filled with a lot of emotions over here at BARC. As you all know our Kaleva Facility took significant damage due to a fire on January 9th this winter. We have been working hard to get this facility back up and running to its […]

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Kaleva recycling center ‘not going anywhere’ after fire

January 29, 2018 // Kaleva

KALEVA — After a blaze left most of Kaleva’s Bay Area Recycling for Charities building in ruins on Tuesday afternoon, the company is now searching for ways to continue its mission. Andy Gale, BARC founder and president, said the nonprofit, which offers comprehensive waste management services and compostable products, is not giving up hope. The company’s founder said he is […]

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The BARC Fire Relief Fund

January 18, 2018 // Fund Raiser, Kaleva

Our Story After last week’s fire at Bay Area Recycling for Charities Kaleva, Michigan recycling facility, many people in our community are curious about the state of our beloved non-profit.  We are happy to report that, due to the hard work of the Maple Grove Township Firehouse, Dickson Township Firehouse, Bear Lake Township Firehouse, Cleon […]

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

December 26, 2017 // Fund Raiser

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 […]

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What We Do

November 17, 2017 // Fun Facts

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 […]

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The Dirt on Composting

September 8, 2017 // Fun Facts, Good to Know

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.   […]

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