We are excited to announce that we have reopened our drop off and special pick up services. Read more about our new Covid-19 safety protocols and how you can help everyone stay safe.

Community Education

Engaging and Energizing our Community

Spreading Green Knowledge

In addition to providing comprehensive recycling services, eco-friendly products and zero-waste event support, Bay Area Recycling for Charities is also a leader in local green education. We work hard to spread knowledge about recycling, composting, and other green principles and practices throughout the communities we serve.

Speaking Engagements

Looking for a dynamic and topical–and free–speaker at your next event or gathering? We’d love to come and share BARC’s collective decades of hard-earned green knowledge with your participants or members. Please reach out to us at info@mybarc.com to schedule a speaking event today!

Education Committee

To further our goal of spreading green knowledge throughout the communities we serve, BARC has created an all-volunteer Education Committee. To learn more or to join, please email jordan@mybarc.org

Resource Library

We’re working hard to put together a free digital resource library of green knowledge. How does this recycling process work? Where can I recycle that? BARC’s Resource Library will eventually answer these questions and many more. It will be a great one-stop tool for everyone from die-hard environmental advocates to budding recyclers. Stay tuned for more details!

Featured Articles

Local Greenie Guide: How to Take Eco-Action

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 Full Article ⟩

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2021 Resolutions for Recycling

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 Full Article ⟩

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

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 Full Article ⟩

No Tricks, All Treats with a Green Halloween

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 Full Article ⟩

Second Hand September: Sustainable Fashion

We can recycle fashion? It is exciting that our society is becoming more comfortable and passionate about recycling and sustainability, but there is so much more to recycling than the products we are most familiar with. We are used to recycling plastic, glass, cardboard, metal, and a few other materials, but what if we thought […] Read Full Article ⟩

Back to School: Zero-Waste Lunches

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 […] Read Full Article ⟩

Join the Challenge: Plastic Free July

Summertime in Northern Michigan It’s finally summer in Northern Michigan! Time to hang at the beach, play in the sunshine, and explore all the wonderful local shops. With all of the outdoor activities planned with friends and family throughout the month of July, BARC is here to encourage you to make small changes to support […] Read Full Article ⟩

Additional safety protocols for Covid-19 as BARC reopens services

Bay Area Recycling for Charities is pleased to announce that we will reopen our DROP OFF SERVICE at 466 US 31 South in Traverse City on Tuesday, May 26. Drop off hours are from 9am until 4pm from Monday through Friday. There are additional safety protocol in place: We request that when you arrive at […] Read Full Article ⟩

BARC’s 2020 Vision

Let’s Work Together for a Sustainable Community. It is a new year, but our goals are not entirely new.  The core of our mission remains consistent: let’s work together to make things better.  Join BARC to create a more sustainable community in 2020 by diverting more waste from landfills and learning more about how we […] Read Full Article ⟩

Sustainable Holiday Guide

Simplify your Holidays Create less waste this season by reading our Sustainable Holiday Guide.  The top things that come to mind when preparing for the Holidays are Giving, Eating, Decorating & Gathering.  For many, the priority during the holidays is to spend time with family and friends. But the holidays can also be a time […] Read Full Article ⟩