Waste Management

The Waste Management division is responsible for a variety of programs and projects including disaster debris removal operations, garbage collections, and the transfer station operations.

TREX Recycling Challenge is “In the Bag!”
(500 lbs. of Plastic and Counting)

As of this month, York County Beautification Committee is excited to announce that we’ve collected well over 500 lbs. of plastic bags, plastic packaging, and single-use film for participation in the TREX Recycling Challenge. Thanks to the citizens of York County, this plastic has been kept out of landfills and the environment, and the committee will receive a bench to be donated to one of the county schools! In addition, we have started collections for our next 6-month time period which begins on August 1, 2018.  

Plastic bags can still be delivered to the drop off recycling center at 145 Goodwin Neck Road, Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Both branches of the York County Library accept bags as well!  

Please review the following do’s and don’ts of the program, to help us make sure the next collection period is a success:

DO Include:

Grocery bags
Bread bags
Newspaper sleeves
Case overwrap
Dry cleaning bags
Ice bags
Wood pellet bags
Ziploc and other reclosable bags
Produce bags
Bubble wrap
Salt bags
Cereal bags

DON’T Include:

Trash of any kind
Recyclables that can be included in the curbside program
Bags with food particles, moisture, or residue (only plastic that is clean, dry, and free of food and debris)

This is a slide for the Recycle Plastic Bags program

York County Beautification Committee wins 2nd
30 in Thirty Grant

The York County Beautification Committee has been awarded a 30 in Thirty grant of $500 in the Community Beautification category from the Keep Virginia Beautiful organization.  Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 describing how they plan to tackle an environmental concern in their community regarding Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Community Beautification.

Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $178,000 to fund 230 environmental projects and programs all across the Commonwealth, due to the generosity this year of our partners at Altria and Keep America Beautiful.

The funds awarded by us will be used to create a butterfly garden at the York County Waste Management/Recycling Center. It will be certified as a Monarch Waystation and as a National Wildlife Habitat. The tagging reports will be monitored to determine if any butterflies tagged in York County are recovered in Mexico.  In addition, York County Beautification Committee will feature native butterfly habitats at the Yorktown Market Days, to educate the public and encourage them to create a butterfly garden at their home.

The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment through five impact areas:  Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Environmental Education.

York County Beautification Committee Shares
Shred Event Results

On Saturday April 28, the York County Beautification Committee partnered with the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office to bring together a paper shredding event and the DEA's national drug takeback event.  The events were a great hit, and both events received many thanks from the attendees.  The results of the shredding event are in, and the YCBC collected 6,240 lbs (3.12 tons) of paper, which was then disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. In addition, we collected 332 lbs of food and $30.00 in donations for the Food Bank.  YCBC would like to extend their thanks to all who participated.

Shred Event 4/28/2018

this is a picture from the paper shred event on april 28, 2018
this is a picture from the paper shred event on april 28, 2018
this is a picture from the paper shred event on april 28, 2018
this is a picture from the paper shred event on april 28, 2018

York County Clean Business Award Winners

This is a picture of the walkway at Wild Birds Unlimited
This is a picture of Kristin and Gregory Millslagle
This is a picture of the store front sign at Wild Birds Unlimited
This is a picture of the outside patio at Wild Birds Unlimited
This is a picture inside Wild Birds Unlimited
This is a picture inside Wild Birds Unlimited
This is a picture of the road sign at Ken Matthews Garden Center
This is a picture inside Ken Matthews Garden Center
This is a picture inside Ken Matthews Garden Center
This is a picture inside Ken Matthews Garden Center
This is a picture of Sandy Matthews and Laurie Halperin
This is a picture outside Ken Matthews Garden Center
This is a picture of the building sign at Ken Matthews Garden Center
This is a picture inside Ken Matthews Garden Center

On behalf of York County Beautification Committee, we would like to congratulate Ken Matthews Garden Center and Wild Birds Unlimited for winning the 2018 1st Quarter York County Clean Business Award.  This award recognizes these local businesses for their environmental stewardship and for setting an outstanding example to the business community.  

Habitat for Humanity