Recycling Coalition of West Virginia honors Wyoming County resident

PINEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – A Wyoming County resident was honored today by the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia.

It was a pleasant and unexpected surprise for Teresa Blackmon. The West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board volunteer was named a Recycling Champion for her work with Wyoming East High School’s Friends of the Earth Club.

“It feels really good,” Blackmon said. “I’ve enjoyed working with the recycling and the children. The kids in high school are great kids. The call me ‘Nana,’ and I just love that! My granddaughter is the one that got me started, and now my second granddaughter is in it. She’s the president this year.”

The Recycling Coalition typically recognizes 3-5 Recycling Champions every year. Blackmon is the second Champion recognized in 2020.

“It really means that she has a passion for it,” said Recycling Coalition of West Virginia Member Paul Hayes. “She just doesn’t want to say ‘ok I’ll recycle.’ She’ll not only recycle, but she’ll take her neighbor’s down. She’ll collect [it] from businesses. She’s purchased recycling containers for office buildings.”

Part of the satisfaction for Blackmon is being able to make a difference for several different areas in Wyoming County.

“The community is really in on it, because they see the benefits and their landfill fees go down,” Blackmon said. “They don’t have as much trash to put in the landfill.”

Blackmon plans on keeping up her work, and will continue to make an impact in her community going forward.