Residents in the Royal Borough are in with chance of winning cash prizes for recycling responsibly.

Western Riverside Waste Authority, the waste disposal authority that manages waste and recycling services for the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, has been awarded a grant from central government to introduce a recycling reward initiative to encourage residents to recycle more and to recycle correctly.

Residents are being asked to put their contact details on a Golden Ticket and pop it into a clear recycling bag with their clean, correct materials for recycling. Residents living on estates will be asked to insert their Golden Tickets in their communal recycling banks.

Golden tickets that are found at the recycling plant in Wandsworth will be entered into a draw, although tickets found in bags or banks with the incorrect materials will not be entered into the draw

The first draw, on Friday 30 October, will be for a single winner of £1,000. Community groups and tenants’ and residents’ associations can also win prizes by recycling right and have the chance of winning £2,500 to be spent on a community cause or project of their choice. In addition, groups can win more Golden Tickets to enter into the prize draw.

Community groups are also being asked to sign up to ‘pledges’ to encourage better recycling on their estates or in their local area; this could include starting up composting schemes, delivering recycling leaflets or arranging for new textile banks.

The aim of this initiative is to grab the attention of residents who either don’t recycle regularly or need a little extra motivation to recycle as much as they can and to encourage all residents to recycle correctly.  This means only recycling the clean and dry items requested such as glass bottles and jars, metal cans, cardboard, paper and plastic bottles and tubs.

It costs a lot less to recycle than it does to dispose of waste materials in landfill or at incineration plants. The more materials sent for recycling, the more money is saved that can be diverted for use on other Council services.

An initial supply of Golden Tickets will be delivered to every household in the Royal Borough and residents will also be able to print additional tickets online or collect them from Council libraries and buildings.

Please visit www.wrwa.gov.uk/GoldenTicket or call 020 8871 2788 for information, details on the T&Cs and to find out more about how to recycle correctly in your borough.

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