This year’s World Environment Day, Paco Hevia, Managing Director of Amey Waste Treatment, visited Witchford Village College to thank students for their work in upcycling furniture as part of Amey’s Revive project.

Amey and Ferrovial Services Centre of Excellence for Cities have been hosting a programme of recycling activities with Witchford Village College to coincide with the expansion of Revive- a new digital platform for reusing second-hand objects at a number of its Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC).

The children who have been involved in the scheme developed a much deeper understanding of the recycling and re-use process, including being involved in upcycling old furniture, which will now be put up for auction on the local revive website (http://witchford.revivemarketplace.com) with the funds raised being returned back to the School.

The scheme was supported by Amey as part of their education service in Cambridgeshire and CCORRN, the Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network, a social enterprise that was created to encourage re-use and recycling.  Amey and CCORRN have a long-standing partnership because of their joint interests in promoting recycling.

Speaking about the event Paco Hevia said: “This is an important part of Amey’s work in Cambridgeshire.  We are committed to increasing recycling across the County and to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, improving the knowledge of younger people about how to reduce and re-use, reuse and recycle is at the heart of this.”

Dan Baxby, Principal of Witchford Village College, said: “Our students have really enjoyed being part of this, and we are sure that the understanding they have gained is something that they will carry through their lives; they have also demonstrated some real practical talents whilst, at the same time, raising funds for their college.”

The Revive Witchford shop launched in October 2015 and has hundreds of users, with nearly two thousand items being reused annually by residents.

William Fairham, Account Manager for Household Waste Recycling Centres for Amey, said: “Amey have been involved with Revive since 2015. The ethos behind this project is to promote the reusability of objects to improve recycling rates by engaging residents and sharing with them the positives of reusing and upcycling used items.

“Our Revive Shop at Witchford Household Recycling Centre provides residents with the perfect opportunity to buy second hand items at a fraction of the price of buying those same items from new. By enabling access to second-hand items, we stop them from going to landfill and reduce the use of natural resources that is required to create new products.”

Revive originated with Amey’s parent company, Ferrovial Services, and was developed jointly with the Centre of Excellence for Cities. It was first launched with a sister project to Witchford in Alcobendas, near Madrid.