As a friendly reminder, we thought you should know that Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) is more than just a recycling company. We take pride in providing services that help grow and preserve our local community in many ways. From an environmental and philanthropy standpoint it is our vision to make things better. Let’s all work together to play our role in making our region and state a Pure Michigan.

BARC currently provides services in Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Antrim, Leelanau, Benzie and Manistee counties. It is in these areas where we envision zero-waste communities, where virtually everything is reused, repurposed, or recycled to better the environment. The services that we provide are set to make recycling easy on you, as a community member. We are continually innovating new services to make recycling more accessible, easy and efficient. Currently we offer a diverse list of recycling services and eco-friendly products so together we can make our home a better place!

As you continue reading, you will see all the programs BARC offers. We hope that you will find one that suits your needs and will allow you to play your role in making the world and our home a better place.

Zero Waste Events

When you partner with BARC to manage the waste removal at your event, our goal is to make it a “Zero Waste” event, where virtually every bit of waste generated is recycled or composted. We offer an eco-friendly line of compostable service ware and trash bags. We can help with events of all size from small weddings, family or high school reunions to large festivals. Whatever it is, BARC can handle it. We partner with the TC Film Fest, the National Cherry Festival, Porterhouse Productions and many brides and party planners to keep literally tens of thousands of tons of waste from going into our local landfill. And, we’d like to work with you.  No event is too small or too large. We’ll make it a zero waste one!

Eco-Friendly Products

We also offer a range of Eco-friendly compostable service ware such as cups, bowls, trays, utensils, straws, and napkins. These products can both serve for at-home or event purposes. Check out our updated pricing list here and order service ware today! Below are images of just some of the compostable products that we offer.

Mattress Recycling

BARC offers the opportunity to recycle your old mattresses and box springs for a small fee. We also assist in mattress removal for hotels, hospitals, colleges, universities, nursing homes and assisted living communities across Michigan and much of the Midwest. Contact us to coordinate your mattress recycling and removal.

Large Appliance Recycling

BARC is the place to turn to when you need to recycle an old refrigerator, freezer, dehumidifier or air conditioner. The Freon in these household appliances must be evacuated by a certified facility with special equipment and expertise. Freon is the trade name of a group of chemicals that act is a refrigerant when cooled. When handled correctly, Freon can be cleaned and prepared for reuse. For more information on Freon and how we dispose of them refer here.

BARC is now working with Michigan Energy Options to recycle all refrigerators for 4 power suppliers in Northern Michigan. From Newaygo to the Tip of the Mitt, and all along western lower Michigan, BARC provides the safe reclamation and recycling of Freon.

Electronic Recycling

Electronic waste is basically anything with a plug. Common eWaste items are TVs, computers, office equipment, printers, entertainment devices, dvd players, mobile phones, small kitchen appliances, and batteries. Millions of obsolete computers, monitors, keyboards, scanners, printers, copiers, cell phones and other electronics are mindlessly tossed into landfills each year, taking hundreds of years to break down, leaching toxins into our environment. Our eWaste Michigan program recycles, reuses or repurposes your electronics. Please think of BARC for your broken or obsolete computers and electronics.

Charity Donations

Lastly and most certainty not least BARC gives back to our community in meaningful ways. Through our established programs seen above and the donations received by community members, like yourself, we want to further our efforts in making our home a better place. Every year we give $25,000 in donations to local charities and non-profits. If you are involved in a local non-profit organization and are interested in partnering with Bay Area Recycling for Charities, please contact us.

Let’s work together to make our home better

Just like the recycling process, your support comes full circle. The community supports us and we give it right back to the community. We’re converting waste from a liability, polluting our local landfills, to a resource that has value. This beautiful area in which we are proud to call home deserves to be treated with utmost care. An area that attracts so many visitors from not only around the state of Michigan but the entire nation is worthy of preservation. What makes this place so beautiful is the natural area but also the people that live in it.

Let us work together to make our home better and for future generations to come and appreciate what we are truly blessed with.


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