As 2022 comes to a close, we’re moved to reflect on a year of growth with Bay Area Recycling for Community and the valuable lessons learned this year that we plan to carry forward into 2023 with your help.
First, a special THANK YOU to our loyal customers and supporters who go above and beyond to do the right thing for our community and our planet. And THANK YOU to the coworkers and colleagues that have put time, love, and energy into all of BARC’s programs throughout the years.
BARC’s mission to divert both hazardous and potentially valuable materials from the landfill is dirty, HARD work in an ever-changing landscape. Lifting roof trusses, sorting through food waste, ripping through layers of often soiled mattress material, separating wood from metal from glass from plastic — all to bring value to items that some would consider easier to “throw away.”
But at BARC, we don’t take the easy way out! From our co-workers, family members, supporters, customers, and volunteers, we’re determined to find solutions for hard-to-recycle items, by working together to make things better! We’ll go the extra mile and take the extra step (to the recycling bin), because we know that there is no “away” when you “throw something away”.
For the past 13 years, BARC has been working on advancing, piloting, and incubating innovative solutions for tough recycling problems. In that time of trial and error, we’ve learned volumes—often most meaningfully from what did not work. From these valuable lessons we’ve learned how to improve our processes, working conditions, and outcomes.
With your help, we’re ready to pour that experience and knowledge into 2023.
GIVE TODAY TO HELP STRENGTHEN OUR PROGRAMS YOUR GENEROSITY WILL SUPPORT:
Green Jobs created by BARC’s DE/RE Construction Program
Compost Hauling for your favorite local restaurants.
Rural Curbside Recycling services
More Zero Waste community events
Thousands of Mattresses transformed into reusable materials for a variety of industries
BARC 2023 PROGRAM FOCUS: LESSONS LEARNED
From the years of disassembling mattresses by hand, we’ve learned how much valuable material there is to reclaim, but also how dangerous that work can be. This year, BARC secured $500,000 in funding to begin to automate the mattress recycling process in 2023. In the next five years, we’ll have the potential to quadruple the amount of mattresses we divert from landfills into reusable commodities.
In 2019, BARC endeavored to “recycle a house” through our De/Re program. Again through trial and error, we’re
learning to innovate, partner, and collaborate to not only
reclaim materials destined for the landfill, but reduce the need for virgin materials in the construction industry. With 16 jobs under our belt, we’ve found new opportunities to innovate with techniques like panel deconstruction that preserves not only materials, but the energy that goes into assembling them.
For years, BARC’s composting program has diverted thousands of tons of food waste from community institutions, restaurants, and grocery stores to local compost facilities. Unfortunately, in May 2022, BARC had to pause the
Composting Program as our staffing and equipment were not adequate to maintain service. Through conversations with concerned citizens, compost customers, and community stakeholders, we are advancing a collaborative solution with business, nonprofit, and municipal partners to expand our regional capacity to manage food waste beyond what BARC could ever have managed alone as a small nonprofit.
Why Landfill Diversion is KEY to BARC's Mission
Landfills are the nation’s largest sources of methane, a greenhouse gas 22x more potent than carbon dioxide and a major contributor to global warming.
Organic waste takes up more space in U.S. landfills than anything else and creates 20% of total methane emissions, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide.
Landfills emit methane when organic wastes such as food scraps, wood, and paper decompose.
Construction and demolition creates an estimated third of the world’s overall waste!
Immediate reductions in methane emissions are the best, swiftest chance the planet has at slowing climate change.
400,000 mattresses are
discarded every year in Michigan, each creating a one-cubic-yard landfill
pocket that produces
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