Current Contests
DSNY’s Commissioner’s Cup (Award)
A brand new recognition for sustainability efforts, projects and significant improvement in school recycling, chosen by the DSNY Commissioner’s Office
CCNYC’s Team Up To Clean up Contest
Rewards schools that conceive, design, and implement effective cleanup and beautification projects, including school gardens.
MFTA’s Reduce & Reuse Contest
Recognizes and awards creative reuse projects in schools.
RCP’s Super Recyclers Contest
Recognizes and awards exemplary recycling programs in schools.
Zero Waste Schools Challenge
A brand new compliance and data-driven contest specifically for the first 100 ZWS. For more information on the Zero Waste Schools program, go to:
Important Notes
  •   The Zero Waste Schools Challenge is open only to the first 100 ZWS (
  •   All other contests are open to all NYC DOE public schools(and some private schools).
  •   Only NYC DOE public schools can win cash prizes. Private and charter schools cannot win cash prizes.
  •   For any questions about the contests or website, email
Getting Started on ZWS
The Zero Waste Schools (ZWS) website is an exciting new social media platform where NYC students and teachers can celebrate what they are doing to protect our environment – and win prizes too!

See the FAQ section on how to create an account.

Teachers must first create an account before their students can begin posting. Teachers can get their school’s unique validation code, which they will need to create their school’s account, by emailing (include your school name/number and address). Teachers can begin posting as soon as they sign up.

Get started on the contests today! Read the contest pages for more information, and look at the previous winners for great ideas.


•   Submission Deadline: May 14th
•   Announcement of Winners: May 30th – June 1st
•   Event date: Week of June 12th (Exact date/time TBD)

Email with any questions.