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Sanitation Offers Prizes to Schools through 2007 Golden Apple Awards

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Press Release # 07-14, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced today that registration forms are still being accepted for the 2007 Golden Apple Awards. The three contests offer cash prizes to schools for completing environmental education projects on neighborhood beautification, waste prevention and recycling. Project entries are due by May 1st.

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty said: "As of March 1st, we have already received registration forms from 30 schools. We encourage all schools that are conducting clean-up/beautification, waste reduction, and recycling projects to share their work with us.”

Open only to schools in New York City, the Golden Apple Awards consist of three competitions: TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up, which encourages students to 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.

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.

Last year, schools won cash prizes ranging from $750 up to $12,000 for projects that focused on neighborhood beautification, waste prevention and recycling.

The May 1st deadline for submission of entries was pushed back this year to allow schools to include their spring planting and Earth Day projects for the judges’ consideration. Schools are encouraged to submit registration forms as soon as possible.

The 2007 Golden Apple Awards contest brochure, with complete contest information and entry requirements, also includes the Guide to Recycling for Schools in New York City.