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Sanitation Launches 2006 Golden Apple Awards for NYC Schools

February 3, 2006 | Vito A. Turso / Ana Lafe (646) 885-5020

Press Release # 06-04, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced today that pre-application forms from schools in the five boroughs are now being accepted for the 2006 Golden Apple Awards. The Golden Apple Awards consist of three contests: TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up, which since 1978 has encouraged students to clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhoods; TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge, which rewards innovative waste-prevention practices and TrashMasters! Super Recyclers, which recognizes model school recycling programs.

Schools must submit their pre-application forms by March 1st; completed contest entries are due by no later than April 10th.

In each contest, schools compete within their grade division (Elementary, Intermediate, or High School) for borough and citywide honors by conceiving and completing cross-curriculum projects that meet standards established by the Department of Education. 

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty said: "Sanitation's Golden Apple Awards challenge schools to incorporate multi-discipline projects focusing on neighborhood beautification, waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and community service into their school year. Hands-on learning has proven to be the most effective way to teach, whether students are in Kindergarten or high school. The innovative projects these teachers and students develop are a great way for our youngest citizens to learn about their civic responsibilities." 

The New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization founded by actress/ singer/environmentalist Bette Midler, also supports the Golden Apple Awards with their annual Rose Award that recognizes a school's beautification efforts, from among Team Up to Clean Up contestants. 

The 2006 Golden Apple Awards contest brochure, complete with contest information and entry requirements, also includes the Guide to Recycling in New York City Schools. The brochure can be ordered by calling 311, visiting