Clean Business Awards Program
The York County Clean Business Program recognizes County businesses that recycle, and set an example for other businesses as a good environmental steward. Exemplary environmental behavior may include, but is not limited to, keeping an attractive and litter-free storefront, participating in cleanup events with employees and the community, or providing education on native gardening, wildlife, or environmental protection. Once per quarter, the Beautification Committee selects three County businesses to receive the Clean Business award (one business from upper, middle, and lower county). The business receives a letter of thanks from the Beautification Committee and an award sign to display on their property for the quarter.
Trex Recycling Challenge
The York County Beautification Committee is collecting plastic bags and wraps to participate in the Recycling Challenge, hosted by The Trex Company. The Trex Company has hosted the Recycling Challenge since 2006, with the objective of educating public on the importance of plastic film recycling through school and community recycling programs. Participants collect plastic bags and film with the goal of collecting or exceeding 500 pounds of plastic in a 6 month period. If the goal is met the group is awarded an earth-friendly Trex bench, created from recycled plastic bags and film. The YCBC plans to make this an ongoing program, and plans to donate a bench to local schools and public county areas.
Plastic bags can be delivered to the dropoff recycling center at 145 Goodwin Neck Road, Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The following items are being collected (clean, dry and free of food and residue, please):
- Grocery bags
- Bread bags
- Case overwrap
- Dry cleaning bags
- Newspaper sleeves
- Ice bags
- Wood pellet bags (clean of all debris)
- Ziplock and other reclosable bags
- Produce bags
- Bubble wrap
- Salt bags
- Cereal bags
Beautiful York County Calendar and Art Contest
The Beautiful York County Calendar and Art Contest is coordinated by the York County Beautification Committee and funded through support from the York County Board of Supervisors, the York County Department of Public Works, Waste Management and Stormwater Divisions, and the York County Beautification Committee. Artwork is solicited from York County Students grades K-12 attending home, private, or public school Submissions were required to utilize recycled materials.
The BayStar Homes program is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, better known as askHRgreen.org. This regional organization recognizes homes who pledge to make a conscious effort to conserve and protect water in their homes. BayStar Homes will receive a flag to advertise their commitment to their community, and information from their specific locality.
Like BayStar Homes, the BayStar Business program recognizes businesses who make a similar pledge to protecting the water in their area. Water conservation techniques are adopted by these businesses, and they are provided with the tools to share their education with the business community.
Want some ideas on how you can recycle or repurpose over 200 household items? Check out this guide from Personal Creations, an online site specializing in one-of-a-kind personalized gifts. If you have any questions regarding local best practices, please contact the Waste Management/Recycling Facility at (757) 890-3780.
Want to find out how the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority helps our community? Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) provides a transportation system to citizens and visitors of James City County, the City of Williamsburg, and the Bruton District of York County. WATA operates 8 fixed-routes and 3 specialty routes, including the Williamsburg Trolley, William & Mary Green Line, and Surry Line.
NuRide: available in Hampton Roads, VA
Want to earn rewards when you walk, bike, telecommute, carpool, vanpool, take the train, subway, or bus, or work a compressed week? Find out how by visiting NuRide. There are tips on how to make greener trips, get around the Hampton Roads, VA area, and get rewards for participation.
The Beautification Committee encourages gardening to include plants that are native to the Southeast Virginia region. Plants that are native to Hampton Roads have evolved in this specific area, are attractive and relatively easy to acquire and maintain, and offer various benefits to the local wildlife and environment. Our committee can share this information with York citizens, who are dedicated to protecting our beautiful County environment!