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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

BARC’s Recycling Secrets

BARC Featured On Recycler Secrets Podcast Our very own Andy Gale had the pleasure of sitting down with Jonathon Matthews of the Recycler Secrets Podcast to talk all things BARC! In the podcast these two dive into the topics of mattress recycling, electronic waste, event recycling, zero landfill events, and compostable plastics. You will also […] Read Full Article ⟩

Simple Tips For a Greener Holiday Season

Celebrate the Holidays in Greener Ways The days that fall between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are full of opportunities to celebrate. Unfortunately, many of the common ways we celebrate this happy season—eating and drinking, decorating, traveling, shopping, and gift giving, are hard on our environment. Americans throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving […] Read Full Article ⟩

7 Smart Ways to Reduce Waste at your Northern Michigan Wedding

Northern Michigan is a wedding mecca. Lake Michigan coastline and charming lakeside towns border this wedding-destination paradise, filled with vineyards, cherry orchards, and picturesque antique barns. The area’s natural environment is why couples are drawn to host their wedding here. It is also why it is so crucial to consider a wedding’s impact on that […] Read Full Article ⟩

Breaking Down Electronics Recycling

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, […] Read Full Article ⟩

BARC Location Update

BARC is moving!  We will have a new facility in the Traverse City Area starting on July 23, 2018, and will resume drop-offs AFTER July 23. The Kaleva Location is STILL CLOSED until further notice. Visit the new locations page for Traverse City > Our facility at Airport Road and La Frainer will be CLOSED FOR […] Read Full Article ⟩

Think Global. Act Local.

April 22nd is the day that Global Action is taken for the sake of Earth.  It is a day that political action and civic participation comes together to make a positive impact for the world that we live in. Although it is important to Think Global, it is ever more crucial to Act Local. As […] Read Full Article ⟩

Thank You to an Incredible Community

A Note from Andy Gale The past few months have been filled with a lot of emotions over here at BARC. As you all know our Kaleva Facility took significant damage due to a fire on January 9th this winter. We have been working hard to get this facility back up and running to its […] Read Full Article ⟩

Kaleva recycling center ‘not going anywhere’ after fire

KALEVA — After a blaze left most of Kaleva’s Bay Area Recycling for Charities building in ruins on Tuesday afternoon, the company is now searching for ways to continue its mission. Andy Gale, BARC founder and president, said the nonprofit, which offers comprehensive waste management services and compostable products, is not giving up hope. The company’s founder said he is […] Read Full Article ⟩

The BARC Fire Relief Fund

Our Story After last week’s fire at Bay Area Recycling for Charities Kaleva, Michigan recycling facility, many people in our community are curious about the state of our beloved non-profit.  We are happy to report that, due to the hard work of the Maple Grove Township Firehouse, Dickson Township Firehouse, Bear Lake Township Firehouse, Cleon […] Read Full Article ⟩

Let’s work together to make things better in 2018!

A Note from Andy Gale, Founder of Bay Area Recycling for Charities Dear BARC Supporter: This holiday season, while reflecting on all you’ve gained over the past year, I’d like you to also take a moment to think about all the things you removed from your life. As someone who supports BARC’s mission you know […] Read Full Article ⟩