2017 Youth and Freedom Contest Winners

The entries to the 2017 Freedom Contest created something relating to recycling with paint, drew a picture, wrote a poem, composed or sang a song, made a short video, wrote an essay, molded a sculpture, or created a collage including a theme of recycling.  Winning entries in the Coloring Contest identified the recyclable and compostable items on a coloring sheet.


The Kindergarten through First Grade winner in the coloring category has not been awarded due to a snow-day cancellation of school.  The first-place winner in the second through third grade coloring category was Carli Smith, a student at Confidence Elementary in Putnam County.  Both first-place winners received $50 gift cards and their teachers received $75 gift cards to purchase classroom materials. 

Students in grades four through twelve participated in the Freedom Contest, which encourages youth to express themselves by creating a painting or drawing, writing a poem, composing or recording a song, producing a video, writing an essay, sculpting something, or completing any project based on a recycling theme.  Each winner in the Freedom Contest received a $150 gift card and a companion prize of a $200 gift card for their designated teacher, school or organization.

 The Freedom Contest winners were Malachi Unger , Lillie Villenave and Alexander Ayers. Unger is a member of the Morgan County Christian Community Home School group in Morgan County.   Unger made a stop-motion film using Legos to tell the story of employees recycling and, in some cases, not recycling.  Interaction among characters includes discussions of cost savings derived from reduced trash bills and a payday for recycling.  Watch the video below.

Lillie Villenave is an eighth-grade student at Park Middle School in Raleigh County.  Her three dimensional entry was made from materials that were reused, but may also be recycled, including a cardboard box, cotton balls, magazines, clippings, masking tape, newspaper, packing peanuts, cupcake wrappers, old pencils and wire.   Look for a picture of her entry below in the slide show of winners. 

Alexander Ayers, a Junior at Greenbrier West High School, wrote lyrics and music, recorded and produced a song which questions why things are not recycled.  Listen to Track 1 below to hear his winning entry.

2017 ReFashion Slideshow.

Cash for Educational Outreach Programs
To develop our programs, we provide monetary rewards to encourage participation.  Our programs rely on active participation from teachers, students, environmental youth programs, and supporters of recycling. See our Resources page for more information.

4-6th Grade Youth Prize Winning Entry from Malachi Unger.

  • Recycling Champions

​ The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia is honoring 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.


































Links to press releases for 2018 West Virginia Recycling Champions here:

Links to press releases for 2017 West Virginia Recycling Champions here:

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Lesson Plans and Classroom Funding for Teachers

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.

The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia has created Recycling Lessons for classroom instruction.   Participating teachers will be eligible to win one of six $200 gift cards to be used to purchase instructional materials.


  1. 2017/2018 Recycling Lessons 

  2. 2017/2018 Recycling Investigations

  3. Lesson Plans Brochure 2017 

  4. Youth Contest Coloring Sheet 2017


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. Recycling Lesson 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. 

2016 ReFashion Slideshow

Our Programs

ReFashion Show

​Saturday, November 18, 2017 

Registration Starts at 11:00 AM - Show Starts at 1:00 PM
Outfits must be made from recyclable or reused materials. Entries may be made by an individual or by a group. Participants will have a choice to enter one of four (4) categories. One prize awarded to the top pick from each category.  All participants will be entered into age categories based on the designer's age. Duct-tape is not a recycled material but may be used sparingly.


Themed Category Winners - $50 Charleston Town Center Gift Card for each category.
Overall Winners are from each Age Category: 1st Place - $250, 2nd Place - $200, 3rd Place $150.
  1. ReFashion Flyer 2017
  2. Photo Release Form 2017
  3. ReFashion Show Participants 2016
  4. ReFashion Show Participants 2015
  5. ReFashion Show Participants 2014 
  6. ​ReFashion Show Participants 2013
  7.  ReFashion Show Participants 2012
  8. ReFashion Show Past slide show 
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