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A Year in Review: 2022 with BARC

January 11, 2023 // BARC Services, Fun Facts, Good to Know

In 2022, our dedicated team of passionate recycling enthusiasts embarked on a mission to divert dangerous and potentially valuable materials from landfills. Although it is hard work in an ever-changing landscape, we never shy away from a challenge. BARC is always determined to find a solution for every hard-to-recycle item by working together to make […]

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How to Have a Sustainable Holiday and a Green New Year

December 5, 2022 // Fun Facts, Great Ideas

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gifts for your friends and family, festive holiday parties, and a list of realistic resolutions for the new year. Unfortunately, although this is the merriest time of the year, the environmental impact of the holiday season is not so merry. […]

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Electronic Recycling 101: Anything With a Cord

November 2, 2022 // BARC Services, Good to Know

Electronic Recycling 101 Guide As everyone gears up for holiday gift giving and especially Black Friday sales on technology, it’s a great time to think about how to recycle old electronics like TVs, game consoles, or laptops. Every year, approximately 40 million tons of electronic waste are generated worldwide. To put it in perspective, that […]

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How To Throw Zero Waste Events with BARC

September 6, 2022 // BARC Services, Events

Here at BARC, we love a good party. Getting together with friends and family to celebrate big or small life moments like getting married, cheering on your favorite football team, or observing a holiday is what makes life special. However, we like to party smart by ensuring our negative environmental impact is minimal. By throwing […]

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How To Recycle a House

August 22, 2022 // BARC Services, In the News

How To Recycle A House Plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, junk mail, old newspapers, and magazines: These are just a few of the items that might land in your recycling bin on a day-to-day basis. But Traverse City’s Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) has a more ambitious view of what recycling can be. Known already […]

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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

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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