The Reduce & Reuse contest rewards schools that implement the most successful and innovative waste prevention practices.
With more than a million students, teachers, and administrators, NYC public schools produce hundreds of thousands of tons of waste each year. Reduce & Reuse can make an impact in helping to reduce this waste in schools. Students can also encourage waste prevention in their communities through collection drives and other outreach campaigns.
Refer to Waste Less for Schools for ideas of student activities to reduce waste.
Review previous Reduce & Reuse winning entries to see how other schools have reduced waste, engaged students and school organizations in waste prevention, and incorporated applied-learning components in their projects.
Golden Apple Awards contests are open to NYC Department of Education K-12 schools. Charter and Private schools may enter and win, but they cannot receive monetary compensation. The contest coordinator must be a teacher, administrator, or other employee at the contestant school.
Please follow all of these steps completely, or your entry might not be accepted.
STEP 1. Describe and document each waste prevention, reduction, or reuse effort your school initiated. Answer the following questions:
Waste Prevention & Reuse Projects Implementation
STEP 2. Add supporting or explanatory documentation throughout, such as:
STEP 3. Prepare your contest entry for publication.
STEP 4. Convert your completed document to a PDF (3 mb max; larger files can't be accepted on the entry form).
Keep high-res versions of your materials. If you win, DSNY may request high-res images or documents.
STEP 5. Register and upload your contest entry by noon on Monday, May 2, 2016. Please answer all questions on the entry form.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems.
If your school is composting on-site outdoors, or indoors with worm bins, enter the Golden Shovel Awards competition for your borough 's Master School Composter as part of your Golden Apple Awards entry. Winners are selected by the NYC Compost Project.
To enter, check the box "Our school composts" on the online submission form and answer these additional questions. At the end of your Reduce & Reuse project entry document, describe your school 's indoor or outdoor composting efforts:
NOTE: If your school has Organics Collection, you should enter the Super Recyclers contest. Answer the contest entry questions describing recycling at your school for all designated materials, including food waste. Contestants are inspected by DSNY personnel to evaluate your school's recycling compliance.