Last year' s winning entries to the 2018 Coloring and Freedom Contests were awarded earlier this year.  Younger kids participating in the Coloring Contest identified the recyclable, compostable and trash items on a coloring sheet, then cut and pasted the items next to a drawing of the appropriate compost, recycle or trash bin.  Owen Tallhamer, a student at Smithville Elementary in Ritchie County, was the first-place winner in the K-1st grade category.  Kinzy Arbogast was the 2nd - 3rd grade winner and is a member of the Haer Bears 4-H Club in Mason County.

The Coalition’s Freedom Contest encouraged students 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.

David Ashman and Dave Carper, 11-year-old members of the Geary Elementary/Middle School 4-H Cloverbuds from Newton, Roane County, are the co-winners in the 4th-6th grade age group of the Freedom Contest.  Ashman and Carper worked together to study the dragonfly before making a dragonfly sculpture out of an old table leg spindle, door knob, hangers and repainted ceiling fan blades.  

 The 7-8th grade age category winner in the Freedom Contest is a team of three: Gweneth Ashman, Kennedy Romine (both 13) and Cassidy Roush, 14, of Girl Scout Troop 4988 out of Roane County. The girls made a sculpture using a 2-liter pop bottle, shoestrings, twist ties, a glass pop bottle, coffee filters, clothes pins, beads, a balloon and cotton reused from a pill bottle. The sculpture shows the four stages of life of a butterfly.

 The 9-12th grade age category winner in the Freedom Contest was another group from Girl Scout Troop 4988: Anna Carte, Destiny Smith (both age 15) and Kyannia King, 16. The girls embellished some wood with solo cups, coffee filters, colored paper and pencils to make a sculpture depicting a festive deer. 

2019  Coloring and Freedom Contest 

The 2019 Youth Contest has begun.  Students from Kindergarten through High School are encouraged to enter to win cash prizes.   No group entries but individual entries of a group or class may be mailed in together if postmarked by November 30, 2019.  

Younger kids participating in the Coloring Contest identified the recyclable, compostable and trash items on a coloring sheet, then cut and pasted the items next to a drawing of the appropriate compost, recycle or trash bin.  Older kids are asked to create something relating to recycling by painting, drawing a picture, writing a poem, composing or sing a song, making a short video, writing an essay, molding a sculpture, creating a collage incorporating the theme of recycling. Teachers may assign a specific media as part of a classroom assignment. 

Participants used their imagination to create an outfit from high fashion to cosplay or a science fiction theme made from recyclable or reused materials.  Participants entered in one of the following categories:

  1. Cosplay Comic-Con Challenge: Garments are made with reused or recyclable items in a design which is inspired from characters in animated movies, comic books, live action films, television shows or video games.  No functional props or weapons are allowed.
  2. Charleston Town Center Challenge: Garments and/or costumes being created with recycled items found in the mall food court cups, bags, apparel tags, hangers, garment bags, store promotional materials, broken jewelry, etc.
  3. Newspaper Challenge: Majority of garment must be made from newspapers.
  4. General Theme: Anything goes in this category!  All other non-specific themed entry will be placed in the "General" category.



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.

Recycling Lessons for classroom instruction.
  1. 2018/2019 Recycling Lessons 

  2. 2018/2019 Recycling Investigations 

  3. Youth Contest Coloring Sheet 2019 & Youth Contest Flier

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. 

Our Programs

It All Comes Back To You
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.

17th Annual ReFashion Show 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

  • 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.