Are you missing an OBE? That’s the question an environmental waste clearance company is asking west Londoners after it found a medal thrown out with rubbish.
It was discovered last month by staff at the Enviro Waste depot in Leyton, with the firm now appealing to members of the public across the capital to help reunite the prestigious award with its rightful owner.
The gong was picked up somewhere in London, with Enviro Waste saying there is a good chance it may have been accidentally dumped in west London, where it picks up waste from several boroughs.
Enviro Waste owner James Rubin appealed for help in tracing the owner after its the company’s own investigations proved fruitless.
He said: “We’ve done everything we can to help reunite the medal with its owner but haven’t been successful, so now we need the public to help us."
He added: "If you have any information or know of anybody who’s lost an OBE in the London area please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”
Enviro Waste uses a multi-pick up system, meaning waste collectors visit several sites during waste hauls, so pinpointing the exact location it was found is almost impossible.
In its bid to find the rightful owner, Enviro Waste created a contact page with images of the OBE for members of the public who may have any information to share.
The Order of the British Empire was found in a in a black leather presentation box with OBE printed in gold print on the lid.
There is nothing to suggest who the OBE recipient is, but it could have been awarded to a lady, according to paper work discovered with the gong, which includes a “when to wear” guide.
Mr Rubin continued: “You can imagine our astonishment when we found the OBE medal, it’s not something you often find in waste hauls seeing as it’s one of the highest accolades someone can receive.
"We come across some weird and wonderful things on hauls but this really is something that needs to find its way home.”
OBE recipients in the recent New Year’s honours list include Victoria Beckham, boxer and double Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams, and James Bond actress Naomie Harris.
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