Fixy electrical repair van at Wiveliscombe

The SOMERSET Waste Partnership (SWP) Fixy Project is heading to Wiveliscombe tomorrow (Saturday 15th October).

The blue and white van will be at The Square from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It promotes the repair and reuse of electrical appliances and supports the Wivey Repair Café, which will run at the same time at the Wiveliscombe Community Centre.

Some of the cafe’s volunteer repairers will be working from the van throughout the day.

If you have anything electrical that needs fixing – from a hair dryer to a kid’s toy – take it to the van or cafe and they’ll do their best to get it working again.

The cafe, which usually operates on the third Saturday of each month, can also repair wooden objects, textiles and clothing, from broken furniture to teddy bears and damaged clothing.

Items can be left with the team to fix, or a volunteer can help you undertake the repair yourself to learn new skills.

Recycling is good, but repairing and reusing is even better.

The Fixy team can discuss the benefits of reuse, local opportunities to fix things, and volunteer ideas.

They will also be running one of Fixy’s popular ‘tech amnesties’ – taking donations of broken or unwanted tech items.

Thanks to Somerset-based DonateIT, donated items will be repaired where possible and passed on to schools, community groups and people in need.

If they cannot be repaired, they will be recycled.

Items that can be donated include laptops, tablets, cell phones/smartphones, iPhones, iPads, smartwatches, digital cameras, game consoles and accessories, hard drives/external hard drives, routers.

Anyone visiting Fixy can enter a free monthly draw to win a laptop or tablet by completing a short survey.

Visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/fixy for the latest information on where Fixy is located, as well as details of Repair Cafés in Somerset and how you can volunteer with them.

Electrical and electronic devices in working order 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 sidewalk as part of the Recycle More collections. Items should be small enough to fit in a carrier bag (not a black bag) which should be left untied next to your other recycling.

The Fixy project is implemented by SWP in partnership with Resource Futures and Donate-IT with a grant from Ecosurety Exploration Fund.