The goals of the Coalition’s Youth Contest are to encourage students to use their creativity and learn about recycling. The West Virginia Recycles campaign features the theme, “It All Comes Back to You.” The slogan presents multiple messages; a recycled product or material can return to consumers as another product; recycling comes back to consumers as an improved environment; and it is everyone’s responsibility to recycle.

22nd Annual ReFashion Show

Huntington Mall - Macy’s Court, 500 Mall Road, Barboursville, WV 25504
Saturday, November 23, 2024
Registration  Starts at Noon - Show Starts at 2:00 PM
The Re-Fashion Show is organized by the Recycling Coalition of WV, Inc. Major funding for the ReFashion Show comes from Goodwill Industries.

All participants for 2020 are on this YouTube video.  The Recycling Coalition would like to thank all of the contestants for their hard work!  Check out more previous entries on the Past ReFashion Show page.

It All Comes Back To You
  • Recycling Champions

​ The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia honors Recycling Champions who reach beyond their normal responsibilities to contribute time and service to support the recycling industry in the Mountain State. These Recycling Champions provide recycling leadership across the state and make a significant contribution to the recycling community.

Lesson Plans

Our Educational Outreach Programs offer chances for teachers to win classroom funding prize money. Teacher Lesson Plans Align to WV Department of Education Content Standards and Objective’s (CSOs) and may be used for across–curriculum instruction.

Recycling Lessons for classroom instruction.
  1. 2023 Recycling Lessons here 

  2. 2023Recycling Investigations here

  3. Youth Contest Coloring link 2023 Youth Contest link 2023

Lessons may be modified in order to be grade level appropriate and used at different grade levels.
  1. Recycling Lesson Plan 1 - Don’t Waste the Moment 
    Driving question- How much of the waste which is thrown away in the school cafeteria may be composted or recycled?

  2. Recycling Lesson Plan #2 – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
    Driving question – What does waste disposal cost anyway?

  3. Recycling Lesson Plan #3 – Waste Not Want Not
    ​Driving question – How does a compost pile reduce waste?

  4. RecyclingLesson Plan #4 – Reclaiming and Replacing
    Driving question – What happens to garbage when it leaves the school or my house?

  5. Recycling Investigations Lesson - include text dependent questions, provide graphical representations of data, prompt students with investigations, and may be used across the curriculum instruction. Lessons may be modified in order to be used at different grade levels. 

Our Programs

2024 Youth Contests

Coloring and Freedom Contests 

​​Links to press releases for recent West Virginia Recycling Champions here:
  • Katherine Mariskateaches at Romney Elementary in Hampshire County and encourages her students to embrace environmental stewardship. In October, her class buried a school breakfast and dug it up on Earth Day the following spring. Once the students witnessed how unchanged the plastic fork, juice cup and straw were, the class stopped using single-use items and started composting food waste.  The class takes part in the West Virginia Climate Change Professional Development program and learns how to recycle paper, plastic and cardboard. In addition, Romney Elementary students have collected over 236 pounds of plastic film for the Trex School Challenge.
  • Terree Hofe works diligently to recycle as many materials as possible. Every week, she collects all the cardboard associated with the Springfield Assembly Food Pantry, along with other boxes in the congregation that
    accumulate. She also picks up cardboard at Capon Bridge Elementary, along with other recyclable materials from the school’s classrooms. As a volunteer librarian at the school, Hofe cleans up and mends donated books so students are able to receive free books.
    In her personal life, Hofe saves and cleans cans, plastic bottles and paper for recycling. If she is attending an event in public and sees a person ready to throw a bottle or can into the trash, she intervenes and helps to see that it is recycled. If drinking from a plastic water bottle or glass herself, she saves them until she gets home to add to the recycling.  Hofe is responsible for coordinating the Backpack Ministry at Capon Bridge Elementary with multiple churches, providing filled bags weekly for students/families in need. She ensures all the cardboard cartons of the 100-plus items of food that come in are recycled. If anything is brought in with heavy plastic wrap, she collects that as well.

  • Lucie Refsland of Greenbrier County Lucie Refsland, of Lewisburg, was honored as a Recycling Champion by the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia. Refsland has been recycling for decades and currently is serving as a board member of the Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority.   Her passion for recycling is contagious. She volunteers her time supporting the efforts at the Greenbrier Recycling Center and once a month holds a question-and-answer workshop at the center. She also writes a newspaper column called “The Recycling Lady” which appears in five different newspapers. She uses the column to answer questions, update recycling news and provide interesting insight to the industry. Refsland’s impact is evident as her community strives to recycle more material and to do it correctly. She has inspired new programs to collect toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes and empty dental floss containers for recycling.
  • North Fork Disposal in Pendleton County has been honored as a Recycling Champion by the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia, in collaboration with the state’s 50 solid waste authorities. Recycling Champions are businesses or people who reach beyond their normal responsibilities in contributing time and service in support of the recycling industry in West Virginia.

     North Fork Disposal, owned by the Bennett family, operates the only drop-off recycling center in Pendleton County. The facility recycles approximately 133 tons of material a year. Northfork also has drop-off sites at businesses and schools throughout the county and works with the local 4-H club to enhance recycling, thus providing Pendleton County with a much-needed service typically not available to rural counties.

  • Gayle Allenof Hampshire County nominated by Susan Parker WV DEP Youth Environmental Program and Region VIII Solid Waste Authority. Mrs. Allen has overseen the school's participation in plastic film recycling challenge through the Trex company.  Last year they collected 4,408 pounds of plastic. 
  • Kevin and Ashley Strum of Berkeley County are committed to making sure students have access to a recycling program.
  • Teresa Blackmonof Wyoming County nominated by Wyoming County Solid Waste Authority and Brittany Bauer. Blackmon helped Wyoming East High School the start a recycling program which has expanded to local offices, businesses and throughout the community.
  • Toothman Sowers Ford, nominated by Marion County Solid Waste Authority. 
  • Bailey White, nominated by the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority​.