Second Golden Ticket winners announced

Published: 19 January 2016

Southfields resident Anna Easton was the lucky winner of the second Golden Ticket recycling prize draw.

Ms Easton won £5000 in the draw, which rewards local people for recycling correctly. The next draw will be in February.

She and her partner share recycling duties and she said the win was very much a joint effort: “My partner and I have always recycled so were really excited to win the Golden ticket recycling competition. It was a great surprise before Christmas!”

The winner can nominate registered community groups for a share of the £2500 community prize. Ms Easton chose four local charities to benefit:

Graveney Canteen – this community kitchen offers local people, especially those in need, a free three course meal every Friday made from reclaimed food from local shops and suppliers.

Doris Emerton Court Resident’s Association – representing residents of a sheltered housing scheme in Battersea.

Southfields Grid Residents Association – set up to preserve, maintain and enhance the Southfields Grid community.

Wandsworth Radio – set up a year ago to provide a truly local news and music service. Director Jason Rosam said "We were extremely happy to be chosen to receive the money by Anna who told us she believes local radio can be a powerful tool to bring communities together. We'll be using the funds to pay for our music licensing which is one of the most costly elements of running a radio station. We are very grateful to the winner and to the waste authority for running a competition which boosts recycling efforts in the borough and helps local organisations with their work."

The Golden Ticket competition is being run by the Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA). WRWA is responsible for waste disposal and sorting the mixed recycling collected across the London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

WRWA has been awarded a government grant for the competition to help give residents of the four boroughs extra motivation to recycle more - and recycle correctly.

Wandsworth has welcomed the Golden Ticket prize draw because every extra item recycled saves council tax payers’ money. Increasing recycling by just one per cent would save more than £100,000 a year.

Residents should have had a book of golden tickets through their door in early September, with more due to be delivered in January. The next draw will be on February 12, followed by another in March.

To be in with a chance of winning, put your contact details on a golden ticket and pop it into a clear sack or mixed recycling bank with clean recycling.  Golden tickets found with the correct recycling material during the quality control process at the WRWA recycling facility at Smugglers Way will be entered into the draw. 

If you have run out of golden tickets, you can collect more from your local library or leisure centre, the council’s customer services centre in Wandsworth High Street or the housing office reception in Putney Bridge Road. Alternatively you can print your own at www.wrwa.gov.uk/goldenticket

It’s not too late for eligible local community organisations that want a chance to be nominated for a community reward to register at www.wrwa.gov.uk/goldenticket. They must confirm that they will encourage their members, supporters and/or other local residents to recycle, and to avoid contaminating their recycling with the wrong materials. 

Wandsworth’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “It’s really encouraging to see so many Wandsworth people entering the Golden Ticket prize draw, and the second round saw some very worthy winners.

“As well as encouraging people to recycle correctly, this is a great way to help community groups that have made a clear commitment to recycling. I’d urge everyone to continue to take part, and community groups to get themselves registered.”

Find out more at www.wrwa.gov.uk/goldenticket.