DSNY Golden Apple Awards offer cash prizes in three TrashMasters! contests for NYC Department of Education schools, grades K–12:
TrashMasters! Super Recyclers
TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge
TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up
See the list of 2014 Golden Apple Awards contest winners! (Click on the school name to see their winning project.) To view winning entries from prior years, use the Golden Apple Winners pull-down menu at the upper right corner of this page.
Watch DSNY Golden Apple Awards school contests video by NYC Recycles on Vimeo.
2014 winners received $10,000 for Citywide Winners; $5,000 for Borough Winners; and $2,500 for Borough Runners-Up — plus $1,000 for Golden Shovel Award winners in each borough. Award levels change year-to-year based on available funding.
Start planning your 2015 projects now! Contest entry deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015.
Schools can compete in any or all of the three contests by completing separate and distinct projects for each contest. Schools enter in separate Elementary, Intermediate, and High School Divisions.
A judging panel of environmental educators and government officials carefully reviews the entries submitted to select the winners for each borough within each grade division. Winning schools receive cash prizes and certificates, as well as gifts for their participating students and staff.
Please note: schools cannot win multiple years for the same project. For ongoing projects, explain new initiatives.
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