Thanks to Fixy
More than 2,000 people have been introduced to the world of repair and reuse thanks to Somerset's Fixy project.
Press Release issued by Somerset Waste Partnership:
And dozens of Ukrainian refugees and other good causes have received reused tech including laptops, phones in the first seven months of the project.
Fixy is a granted-funded initiative run by Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) and Resource Futures. It aims to promote and support the repair and reuse of electrical items across the county.
Since launching in mid-May it has attended nearly 60 events, speaking to 2,100 people about the benefits of repair and reuse and sharing information about the local opportunities.
Many of these events have been alongside Somerset's thriving network of repair cafes and similar groups, providing profile and practical help with tools, spares and PAT safety testing.
Fixy has also been running 'tech amnesties' - collecting unwanted tech items at events and from businesses.
Thanks to project partner DonateIT, donated items are data wiped, refurbished and passed on to school children, refugees, elderly and isolated people, helping address the digital divide.
Items that cannot be fixed are recycled responsibly.
More than 900 items have now been donated through Fixy, including at some hugely successful events with Frome Town Council and in Langport.
Many of these have already been distributed to good causes including Ukrainian refugees, the Yeovil4Family initiative and Unseen - a charity supporting survivors of trafficking and modern slavery.
Councillor Sarah Dyke, Chair of the Somerset Waste Board, said: "Recycling is great, but reusing and reducing is even better.
"Fixy has been doing a wonderful job opening everyone's eyes to the potential for repair and reuse- and the opportunities that already exist in Somerset thanks to the volunteers who run repair cafes and similar groups.
"At the same time it's helping unwanted items find their way to some very deserving causes, a great win-win for everyone involved".
To keep track of where Fixy is going, get a list of the upcoming repair cafes across the county and to find out more about repair and reuse visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/fixy
Working electricals and electronics should always be passed on to others or donated to charity shops if they are no longer needed.
Broken items that cannot be repaired for reuse can be recycled from the kerbside. Items must be small enough to fit into a carrier bag (not a black sack) which should be left untied next to your other recycling.