Want to get involved? Read more about BARC's opportunities and how you can start volunteering today!
BARC ServicesEventsFriend RaiserFun FactsFund RaiserGood to KnowGreat IdeasIn the NewsKaleva
Traverse City Commons

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 […]

Read Article


Beer event BARC blog

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 […]

Read Article


Blog banner for back to school kaleva resale shop

Shop Back-to-School at the Kaleva Resale Store

August 2, 2021 // Good to Know, Great Ideas, Kaleva

BIG BARC Announcement Hi BARC friends! While summer is closing in and the kiddos are getting ready to back-to-school shop, it is the perfect time to announce that our Kaleva Resale Shop is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! BARC has been working on setting up a resale shop for months, and it’s finally here and up and […]

Read Article


Camping site for BARC blog article on leaving no trace

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 […]

Read Article


Pedalin’ Into Summer!

June 7, 2021 // Events, Good to Know, Great Ideas

June is Bike Month! Hi BARC friends, this month we are focusing on BIKING, helping the environment, connecting with our community, and everything in between! We have a few featured bike shops and nonprofits we want to share with you, and how they are impacting our communities with their services and events! Biking to Save […]

Read Article


April Compost Brings May Flowers!

May 10, 2021 // BARC Services, Good to Know

Springtime Composting Happy May BARC friends! We are focusing on composting this month! We wanted to feature some amazing local businesses around Northern Michigan and talk about our compostable serviceware and composting services. It’s time to make a change and start composting! How do I start a compost pile? BARC wants to help you make […]

Read Article


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 […]

Read Article


Stay in the Know! Upcoming Spring Recycling & Waste Events

March 10, 2021 // Events, Good to Know

It’s Almost Springtime! Hi BARC family! As we head into spring, we have some updates and upcoming event reminders for you. As businesses begin to open back up and life resumes a little closer to what we are used to, we want to encourage you to take steps to make a difference this year. If […]

Read Article


girl planting in garden for blog banner

Local Greenie Guide: How to Take Eco-Action

February 2, 2021 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

Greenie Guide is Here to Help! Happy February! This month we want to highlight some important info from “Greenie Guide” to help inform our community on how to make “green” decisions every day. From composting, to taking eco-action, to staying involved during the pandemic, Greenie Guide has amazing articles that will help you stay informed […]

Read Article


HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2021 Resolutions for Recycling

January 1, 2021 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

Happy New Year BARC friends! We hope you had a wonderful 2020, or at least made the most out of this year. Thank you for your endless support and for staying tuned in to our blog and social media! 2021 is going to be a better year for us all! With a new year starting, […]

Read Article


Blog Image of Christmas Tree for December Green Christmas post by BARC

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 […]

Read Article


No Tricks, All Treats with a Green Halloween

October 1, 2020 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

Eat candy, celebrate, and stay Green! Happy Fall everyone! Time to get your fall decor out, carve local pumpkins, create fun costumes, and have a blast in the local orchards and corn-mazes! We can still participate in the fall festivities while adhering to the CDC guidelines and recommendations. BARC encourages a fun Halloween season while […]

Read Article