Monday, August 15, 2011

News from York County


Register now to attend at the 2011 York BIZ Expo
August 15, 2011
Come out and learn more about how to develop, launch or grow your business in York County at the 2011 York BIZ Expo.
The county's Office of Economic Development and Economic Development Authority, along with the York County Chamber of Commerce, are sponsoring the expo, which will be held Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the York Middle Boys & Girls Club located within Yorktown Middle School at 11201 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown. The expo will consist of several panel sessions, breakout workshops, and a keynote speaker. Registration is free and includes light morning refreshments, lunch, and snacks.
Several sessions are scheduled throughout the day, including a Professional Services Panel that will focus on business insurance, legal matters, and budgeting and bookkeeping; a Public Resources Panel that will discuss state and local grant programs, zoning and land use, and business licensing; and several afternoon breakout sessions on Quickbooks, Marketing, and Selling to the Government.
The expo, which is one facet of the county's York Business Improvement Zone program, is meant to be a resource for area professionals looking to successfully start or expand their businesses. The York BIZ program is a comprehensive outreach program designed to provide new and existing businesses with the information and resources they need to thrive and grow. The program strives to capitalize on existing business resources available via the county and other local, state and private organizations.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Detailed information is available at For more information, contact the Office of Economic Development at 757-890-3317.
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This Saturday's Market Days to feature Plastic Bag Exchange
August 15, 2011
As part of the "Bag's Life" plastic bag recycling campaign, the York County Beautification Committee will again offer residents an opportunity to recycle their plastic shopping bags at this Saturday's Yorktown Market Days. 
Residents who bring a minimum of five plastic shopping bags for recycling will receive a cool, reusable ChicoBagTM shopping tote (one per person, while supplies last), along with other freebies and information on ways plastic bags can be repurposed.  
In addition to generating interest in plastic bag recycling, Beautification Committee members want the public to know why plastic bags can't be dropped in municipal curbside containers for recycling.
"Plastic bags require a different type of recycling than plastic bottles and containers," explained Recycling/Beautification Coordinator Laurie Halperin. "They cannot easily be separated from other recyclables in the early stages of processing. Major grocery store chains and other stores that accept bags ask that clean, dry used plastic bags and wraps be recycled in bins at the store."
Launched in Virginia last year, "A Bag's Life" is a plastic bag recycling awareness campaign, which features an interactive and educational Web site and mobile app with nearly 800 drop-off sites by zip code. Through quirky messaging such as "Don't treat me like trash," and "Gimme a second chance," the campaign encourages Virginians to reduce, reuse and recycle their free plastic bags.
With a focus on simple steps residents can take to find their "inner green," HR Green is a region-wide public awareness campaign to be launched this summer by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the 16 cities and counties it serves. An interim resource,, presently features regional news, tips and views written by a team of local experts who work in the region's municipal utility and environmental divisions. Encouraging residents to reduce, reuse and recycle are among many topics covered on the blog.   
Did you know?
·         Recycled plastic bags can be repurposed into other products such as outdoor decking, park benches and new bags.
·         Dry cleaning, newspaper and bread bags, as well as wraps used on products like paper towels and bottled water, can also be dropped off at many retailers for recycling. 
·         You can log on to to find a plastic bag recycling drop-off location near you.
·         Reusing your plastic bags is good too! More than 90 percent of consumers reuse their plastic bags at home for an infinite number of purposes.
·         It's perfectly acceptable to use plastic bag alternatives. Bring your own reusable tote wherever you shop!

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