Amey and the community

Supporting the communities we work in is key to Amey – it’s one of our main company objectives.

We will work closely with the council, residents, visitors and third sector organisations to build strong, long-term relationships to support Island communities.

We’ll recruit local employees and supply chain partners where possible, as well as create 20 new apprenticeships during the lifetime of our new contract with Isle of Wight Council.

In order to spread the recycling message we’ll work with the Footprint Trust to deliver a waste awareness and education programme directly to local schools through a new mobile education centre.

We’re also working in partnership with Storeroom 2010 to develop a re-use centre at Lynnbottom, as well as to deliver a customer-focused, one-off collection service.

All our employees will be given a day off each year to spend delivering a community project or supporting a local charity on the Island. They can also apply to our Amey Foundation to match any charity fund-raising they do.

Community Waste Forum

We have established a Community Waste Forum on the Island.

This Forum gives us guidance and feedback on the services we are delivering, lets us have local views on our proposals, and consider new ideas for getting across important recycling messages.

We’d also like to set up a network of Community Recycling Champions, who will voluntarily help promote recycling and act as a focal point in their local community.

If you’re interested in taking part in the forum or becoming a champion, we’d love to hear from you. You can find out how to get in touch with us here.

New waste education programme for schools

Are you interested in finding out what happens to your rubbish and how you can do more to recycle?

As part of the new waste partnership between Isle of Wight Council and Amey, we are developing a programme of community activities to help residents understand how they can reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce.

The programme will include a dedicated schools outreach service, which will be run on our behalf by local educational charity The Footprint Trust.

Primary and special needs school on the Island will be able to book a FREE waste workshop with the Trust’s experienced team. Each school will be entitled to at least one visit every two years.

The practical workshops will be tailored to school requirements and will have creative curricular links at KS1 and KS2 (Science, Geography, PSHE, D&T, Art). As well as hands on activities for pupils, information will also be available for parents/carers and advice can be given to schools about improving their own recycling processes.

All resources and lesson plans will be provided FREE by The Footprint Trust and will highlight the need to:

REDUCE - reducing our waste and the environmental impact on the Isle of Wight if we don't

REUSE - at home and through Amey’s own reuse partnership with Storeroom 2010, as well as local charity shops

RECYCLE – what should go in which bin, helping us to recycle more across the Island

The schools outreach service will be available from January 2016.

Interested schools can find out more and book a place by calling 01983 822282 or emailing info@footprint-trust.co.uk

The Footprint Trust will also be taking part in visits to community groups – as well as attending local events with a mobile education trailer - as part of its work for Amey and Isle of Wight Council. We’ll let you know more about this in 2016.