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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 Community 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 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 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

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

Planting Green Ideas: Sustainable Eating

Sustainable Eating Tips We all know that food is fuel, but it is also one of the easiest ways to minimize your environmental impact. As it warms up here in Northern Michigan, it’s the perfect time to embrace sustainable eating by visiting local farmers’ markets, shopping for in-season produce, and eating from your garden. In […] Read Full Article ⟩

Celebrating Earth Day in Northern Michigan

How to Celebrate Earth Day in Northern Michigan At BARC, Earth Day is every day! While our commitment to preserving the environment runs all year, we feel a unique joy and global camaraderie every April. Our individual and collective efforts are magnified at this time, reminding us of the power we hold when we come […] Read Full Article ⟩

Sustainable Spring Cleaning Tips for 2024

Sustainable Spring Cleaning After enduring the cold, long months of Michigan winter, March marks the start of spring, the season of new beginnings! While we might still have a few chilly days up in Northern Michigan, it’s the perfect time to start planning for warmer weather with our tips on spring cleaning for 2024. BARC […] Read Full Article ⟩

BARC’s Zero Waste Event Guide

How To Make Your Event More Sustainable: Zero Waste Event Guide At BARC, we love to get involved in the community by helping other Michigan businesses and nonprofit organizations make their events memorable and eco-conscious! One of our key services is to create zero-waste events all over Michigan equipped with a line of compostable serviceware […] Read Full Article ⟩

2023 Wrapped: BARC’s Greatest Hits

2023 Wrapped with BARC: A Year In Review For 16 years, BARC has continued to inspire an environmentally conscious culture in Northern Michigan and beyond. Through educating others on the long-term value of recycling and helping them make sustainable choices with simple and accessible services, we strive to make the world a greener place. In […] Read Full Article ⟩

BARC’s Holiday Season Sustainability Guide

BARC’s Holiday Sustainability Guide December is an incredible time of year, with all the magic in the air and holiday cheer. It can be easy to get caught up in the fun of it all and forget about the holiday season’s negative impact on our environment. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, more than one million […] Read Full Article ⟩

Responsibly Upgrade with BARC this Holiday Season

Responsibly Upgrade with BARC this Holiday Season As the 2023 holiday season approaches, with Black Friday deals and the anticipation of holiday gifts, it’s a perfect time to consider your recycling strategy for the year. Often, in the excitement of acquiring new electronic devices, people tend to overlook what to do with their old gadgets […] Read Full Article ⟩

Celebrate Make a Difference Day With BARC

What is Make A Difference Day? National Make a Difference Day is an annual celebration focused on giving back to the community that is celebrated on the fourth Saturday in October. It is one of the country’s largest national days of community services, an opportunity to show support to local non-profit organizations, volunteer at community […] Read Full Article ⟩

BARC FAQ: Questions About Recycling

Frequently Asked Questions About Recycling Becoming a recycling pro is a process, especially since there are many ways to recycle things you no longer need or want. Luckily, we’ve answered many of the same questions over the years and have decided to make a handy guide for all our recycling enthusiasts. Whether you’ve recycled your […] Read Full Article ⟩

Plan A Sustainable School Year with BARC

Soak Up Summer: Get A Head Start On Back To School August is the perfect time to soak up the last days of summer vacation, but it’s also a great time to start planning the school year. Make this school year the best yet by preparing early and making strides toward an eco-friendly routine. Whether […] Read Full Article ⟩