Beautification Committee

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.

This is the Cover art for the 2018 Calendar

2018 Beautiful York County Calendar

This is an image of artwork in the 2019 Beautiful York County Calendar2019 Beautiful York County Calendar Artwork

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.

This is a picture of third quarter Clean Business Winner/Award3rd Quarter 2018 York County Clean Business Award Winners

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.

This is a picture of Trex Bench Dedication at YRA

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

BayStar Homes 
The BayStar Homes program is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, better known as 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.

BayStar Business 

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.

Team Up 2 Clean up 

Water Conservation Knowledge Center 

Green Living Blog - How it was 25 years ago


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.

This is an image from the Personal Creations Recycling Guide

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.

Any local community organization, business, or individual (18 years or older) is allowed to Adopt-A-Spot.  Volunteers commit to adopt their spot for a minimum of one year and agree to conduct quarterly cleanups of their proposed location.  Other beautification elements such as the planting and maintenance of shrubbery or flowers may also be added, pending approval by the appropriate County agencies or property owners.  The County will provide cleanup materials (bags, orange safety vests, etc.).  In addition, the County waives any fees that may be incurred for the disposal of garbage and recyclables at the York County Waste Management Center, provided information has been given at least one week prior to the cleanup.

Native Plants
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!

This is a picture of a butterfly on plant in Yorktown