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BARC provides Zero Waste recycling services and compostable serviceware to Traverse City area festivals and events, both public and private. When you partner with Bay Area Recycling for Charities for your wedding, corporate event or any size gathering, you are making it a Zero Waste Event. That means virtually every bit of waste 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

To make hosting a Zero Waste Events easy, BARC offers 3 different service options:
  1. DIY – You picks up all the compostable serviceware and recycling bins from our Traverse City location and return them after the event.
  2. DIY with BARC delivery – We will deliver everything you need to your location and pick it up when you are done.
  3. Full Service – BARC will not only deliver all your products, but we will have staff on hand during the event to help sort all the materials.
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Upcoming Events

Earth Day – 1/2 Off Drop Off

Bay Area Recycling for Charities
April 22, 2017 | 8am to Noon

This year on Earth Day BARC will  have an Electronics and Mattress drop off from 8am to 12pm.  All mattresses, TV’s will be half price ($10 each in lieu of $20) to inspire everyone to get out and take part of this special day.  Come on by our shop at 1732 Barlow Street (just two buildings north of the post office and across from the Secretary of State) in the Menlo Warehouse.

Recycle Smart

Medalie Park
April 22, 2017 | 10am to 2pm

Head down to Medalie Park for the RECYCLE SMART Earth Day event from 10am to 2pm.  This is a family friendly event with games, composting demonstrations,  worm farms, while the kids climb around on a real garbage truck!  Medalie Park is where Airport Road crossed the Boardman River.  Visit www.recyclesmart.infofor details.

Oryana General Membership Dinner

April 27, 2017

be part of the Oryana General Membership Dinner on April 27!  Now is the time to join this great cooperative if you haven’t already.  Being a member has great benefits!  Go to to learn more.

Oryana Grand Re-Opening Block Party Event

At the original Oryana location in Traverse City, MI
April 29, 2017 | 1pm to 6pm

A free community event to showcase their newest store improvements/remodel and additions. Plus extend their thanks and appreciation to all their vendors, owners, members, customers and TC community for their ongoing support. Everyone is welcome.  Food, Fun, Music, Info & much more…. Please stop by!

NMEAC Environmental Awards

April 29, 2017

Don’t forget to get tickets to the 29th Annual the NMEAC Environmental Awards on April 29th at the Dennos and Milliken.  Keynote speaker is Arron Payment, Tribal Chair of the Soo Tribe.  Check out for more info.

The People’s Climate March

Traverse City Open Space
April 29, 2017 | Noon to 3pm

On April 29th in Washington DC, tens of thousands of people will participate in….The People’s Climate March. In addition to that national march at our Nation’s Capital, 100’s of cities throughout America will be having their own Climate March. Traverse City Climate March – will take place Saturday, April 29th from Noon-3pm. Gather at the Open Space. There will be a rally, informational talks, music and more.

Short’s Anni Party 13

April 29th, 2017 | 4pm to 10pm
Downtown Bellaire, MI

Beer, Cider, Food, Music, Fun! Tickets available on line at