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Press Release #16-23
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
CONTACT: Vito A. Turso/Belinda Mager 646-885-5020

Winning Schools in the DSNY's 2016 "Golden Apple" Award Program Announced

Awards Presented to City Schools for Successful Environmentally-Focused Projects

The Department of Sanitation announced the winning schools of the Department's 2016 Golden Apple Award program. The awards recognize city schools for completing educational projects on recycling, waste reduction and reuse, composting, and neighborhood beautification.

“Young people are the creative future of our City, and they are leading us on the path to Zero Waste through proper recycling, waste reduction and environmental stewardship,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “Teachers who encourage environmental responsibility and sustainability in school are helping us all to meet our goal of zero waste to landfills by 2030.”

The annual competition includes three categories: Super Recyclers, honoring model school recycling programs; Reduce & Reuse, recognizing innovative waste reduction practices; and Team Up to Clean Up, which for more than four decades has encouraged NYC students to clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhoods.

The 2016 winners turned a schoolyard parking lot into a green oasis; incentivized and educated students to recycle through 3-D posters, coordinated waste sorting stations, recycling carnivals, and student green team captains; reduced paper waste by promoting a paper-free school; and developed on-site composting systems.

Citywide winners are awarded $10,000, runners-up garner $5,000, and honorable mention schools receive $1,000. Golden Shovel Award winners, selected by the NYC Compost Project as Master School Composter in their borough, receive $1,000.

In each of the Golden Apple Awards contests, schools competed within their elementary, intermediate, or high school grade divisions for citywide honors by conceiving and completing hands-on applied learning projects. To receive an award, entries must exceed minimum score requirements, though some categories did not produce a winner.

To see the winning entries and more information about the Golden Apple Awards, visit

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 500 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.