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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

A Year in Review: 2022 with BARC

In 2022, our dedicated team of passionate recycling enthusiasts embarked on a mission to divert dangerous and potentially valuable materials from landfills. Although it is hard work in an ever-changing landscape, we never shy away from a challenge. BARC is always determined to find a solution for every hard-to-recycle item by working together to make […] Read Full Article ⟩

How to Have a Sustainable Holiday and a Green New Year

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gifts for your friends and family, festive holiday parties, and a list of realistic resolutions for the new year. Unfortunately, although this is the merriest time of the year, the environmental impact of the holiday season is not so merry. […] Read Full Article ⟩

Electronic Recycling 101: Anything With a Cord

Electronic Recycling 101 Guide As everyone gears up for holiday gift giving and especially Black Friday sales on technology, it’s a great time to think about how to recycle old electronics like TVs, game consoles, or laptops. Every year, approximately 40 million tons of electronic waste are generated worldwide. To put it in perspective, that […] Read Full Article ⟩

How To Throw Zero Waste Events with BARC

Here at BARC, we love a good party. Getting together with friends and family to celebrate big or small life moments like getting married, cheering on your favorite football team, or observing a holiday is what makes life special. However, we like to party smart by ensuring our negative environmental impact is minimal. By throwing […] Read Full Article ⟩

How To Recycle a House

How To Recycle A House Plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, junk mail, old newspapers, and magazines: These are just a few of the items that might land in your recycling bin on a day-to-day basis. But Traverse City’s Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) has a more ambitious view of what recycling can be. Known already […] Read Full Article ⟩

How to Shop Sustainably For an Eco-Friendly School Year

As summer break winds down and the new school year fast approaches, preparing to return to school can be a chore. No one wants to think about that long list of supplies their teachers gave them while trying to soak up the last days of the summer. Unfortunately, that is why most students rush through […] Read Full Article ⟩

How to Have a Sustainable Summer

Here in Michigan, summer means boating on the great lakes, having backyard BBQs with friends, soaking up the sun in a beach chair, or enjoying a picnic at a breathtaking state park. However, these super fun summer activities can take a toll on the planet by adding unnecessary pollution and waste to the ecosystem. With large crowds heading to our beaches, lakes, and parks this time of year, it is a great time to learn how to have a sustainable summer. Below, we will provide BARC’s top eco-friendly tips and swaps so you can make your summer more sustainable! Read Full Article ⟩

What Happens to What You Recycle With BARC?

We usually start by deconstructing items destined for the landfill into their material components that can be used to manufacture new goods in downstream markets. If you have ever wondered what happens to the things you recycle at BARC, this blog will go into detail on how we process specific items! Read Full Article ⟩

BARC is experiencing staffing issues due to covid outbreak

BARC is currently experiencing a Covid outbreak among our staff members.  Therefore we are not fully operational at this time.  We are temporarily suspending our composting service due to staffing issues.  We are still available for recycling dropoff.  If you do stop by, please take every precaution required for your personal safety.  Please bear with […] Read Full Article ⟩

Celebrating Our Conservation Efforts with the BARC Expo & Fundraiser

Every April, the entire world gathers to celebrate the one thing we all have in common: our planet! It's a wonderful time to discuss environmental issues, support environmentally friendly businesses, and nonprofits focused on conservation. This April, BARC is celebrating our conservation efforts by hosting the BARC Expo & Fundraiser! Read Full Article ⟩