Friday, December 9, 2011

News from York County


This Saturday's Market Days to feature Plastic Bag Exchange
December 7, 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!
Register now for Jan. 27 York County High School Ski Trip
Registration is now open for York County's 11th annual countywide high school ski trip to Wintergreen Ski Resort near Charlottesville. 
The fully-chaperoned day trip is scheduled during semester break on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. The trip is open to any high school student (grades 9-12) residing in York County, including public, private, and home-schooled students.
Registration is due to close on Friday, Jan. 13 unless available charter bus spaces fill up sooner. The cost of the trip is $84 and includes transportation, lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental from Wintergreen, and a beginner's lesson. For those bringing their own ski/snowboard equipment, the cost is $72 and includes transportation and a lift ticket.
Downloadable registration forms and complete trip details are available online at the York County Youth Commission's website
This annual trip is cosponsored each year by York County and the Youth Commission. Please call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3500 with any questions.
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