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

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 ⟩

Tips For Sustainable Shopping This This Holiday Season

November is here and we are in the beginning stages of yet another holiday season. Millions of people will soon  start preparing for their holiday plans and festivities. Even among those who take traditions to hears, the hottest holiday topic, is often shopping. Among the many things to consider during this season is your holiday […] Read Full Article ⟩

Simple Ways To Conserve Energy

Did you know the month of October is dedicated to energy awareness on a national level? In September 1991, President George Bush declared October as National Energy Awareness Month, encouraging government and organizations to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability and conserving the nation’s energy resources. At BARC, we wanted to contribute to this […] Read Full Article ⟩

E-Waste – The True Cost Of Our Upgrades

Technology is great, right? Face scan to unlock our phones, faster computer processing, better display for our Netflix binges! These all sound fantastic. However, where do all the old and unwanted electronics go? We always want the next-best thing, and tech companies oblige. Technology makes many things in our lives easier, but the speed at […] Read Full Article ⟩

Eating Green With Sustainable Foods

What does it mean to Eat Green? Green eating is yet another lifestyle change you can make to better the environment. “Eating green” goes beyond just adding green foods such as beans and spinach into your diet. On a broader level, eating green means consuming foods that are healthier for you and less harmful to […] Read Full Article ⟩