Keep York Beautiful is the result of merging Keep York “City” Beautiful and Keep York County Beautiful in January 2014. Keep York “City” Beautiful was created in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit primarily focusing on projects, activities and education in York City. Keep York County Beautiful was created in 2012 to address illegal dumping, mosquito concerns and disease issues.
Keep York Beautiful now provides support throughout York County to municipalities, organizations and individuals interested in improving their community. Keep York Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.
Keep York Beautiful focuses on litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling and community beautification. The following are highlights of our efforts:
1.) Assistance for illegal dump site cleanups and litter prevention.
2.) Annual Free Tire Disposal Program.
3.) Building stronger community gardens.
4.) A variety of youth and adult educational programs.
a.) Annual York City Elementary School Poster Contest.
b.) The Litter Letter Project.
c.) Litter Free School Zone.
d.) Watershed Education
5.) Maintains the Liberty Garden (a September 11th memorial) at Kiwanis Lake.
6.) Tree plantings.
Currently, Keep York Beautiful has a twelve member advisory board with representatives from the following:
Buchart Horn; City of York; Garden Club of York; Penn State Extension; Lower Susquehanna River Keeper; Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP; Republic Services, Rotary Club of York; York County Conservation District; York County Planning Commission; York County Solid Waste Authority; York Water Company and Watershed Alliance of York.
The City of York has a dedicated work group as a separate committee under Keep York Beautiful. In the future we hope to have additional organizations become local work group committees addressing local goals with support from Keep York Beautiful, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.