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Reduce Waste & Leave No Trace

July 7, 2021 // Fun Facts, Good to Know

BARC’s Monthly Goals This month we are focusing on “Leaving No Trace”. With summer activities planned and adventuring outdoors in the beautiful weather, BARC wants to equipped our readers to be conscientious of our surroundings and treat the Earth well. We have lots of resources available to allow all of us to make a change […]

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Why to Switch to a Green Roof

April 9, 2021 // Fun Facts, Good to Know

Happy Earth month BARC friends! With Earth Day approaching, we wanted to highlight an incredible local company, Inhabitect, and the work they do with green roofs. Let’s dive into benefits of these eco-friendly roofs and find out what BARC is up to in the future with Inhabitect. What are some benefits of green roofs? They […]

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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

December 4, 2020 // Fun Facts, Good to Know, Great Ideas

Season’s Greetings! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our BARC family! We hope you are staying safe and healthy during this holiday season. Even though we may be traveling less and limiting our gatherings, our Christmas’s can still be the most wonderful time of the year.  American household waste increases by about 25% between Thanksgiving […]

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Back to School: Zero-Waste Lunches

August 1, 2020 // Fun Facts, Good to Know, Great Ideas

We’re Ready to Go Back to School Although summer is starting to cool down, we have big plans for the month of August – it’s time to go back to school! 2020 has been a year of twists and turns, but with many schools planning to open back up in the fall, BARC is here […]

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Spring Into Composting | Everything you Need to Know

May 1, 2019 // Fun Facts, Good to Know

Composting 101 Do you compost? If not, why not? Composting has many benefits and is a wonderful way to reduce your food waste, grow a thriving garden, and contribute to a healthier planet. You may think it’s dirty, complicated, or labor-intensive, but the practice of composting is actually very approachable. We gathered some of the […]

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Electronic Waste Expert Tips | 9 & 10 News

December 20, 2018 // Fun Facts, Good to Know, In the News

Electronic Waste Stream in Michigan Were you aware that electronic waste also known as “e-waste” is the fastest growing waste stream in Michigan? Electronics can be defined as anything with a battery or power cord and can have many harmful chemicals in them. It is important that your electronics get properly recycled and don’t end […]

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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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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 usable 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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The Importance of Mattress Recycling for Our Environment

July 18, 2017 // Fun Facts, Good to Know

In America, we dispose of nearly 20 million mattresses each year. This leads to taking up around 132,000 square miles of landfill space. With the normal lifespan of a mattress being a mere 7-8 years, this can add up quickly to become a staggering statistic.  Using mattress recycling is a great way to not only […]

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Together We Can Do So Much

February 22, 2017 // Fun Facts, Good to Know

9 & 10 News – Proud Partner of BARC Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) is, by definition, an organization whose purpose is something other than making a profit. Our goal is not only to be financially successful, but to be successful in terms of helping the environment. We try to accomplish this goal through our recycling services, […]

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