Fixy, the new customised Somerset Waste Partnership van, is going on the road across the county from this week to promote the repair and reuse of electrical and electronic items.
Offering support, publicity, useful tools and an electrical testing service, Fixy will work with Somerset's existing repair cafe groups and visit events, schools and businesses. That starts on Saturday 14th May, the "Big Fix" day that promotes repair, at Taunton's eat:Festival. Big Fix 2022 includes repair cafes in the Blackdown Hills, Taunton and Wells.
With the average UK household holding on to 20 unwanted electricals (guilty as charged – Ed), Fixy aims to help get anything with batteries or a plug – toasters to TVs, laptops to kettles – fixed and reused rather than discarded.
Every year, we throw away millions of tonnes of electrical and electronic waste that have taken vast amounts of energy to make and contain valuable materials, such as gold and platinum, copper and aluminium, cadmium and mercury.
Recycling is good, but reuse is even better, and it is often surprisingly easy to fix things. Not only can you save money, materials and energy, but repair is a useful action against climate change. Why not love your stuff for longer?
Fixy will also take your smart tech donations to check, clear out personal data and pass on to those who need it.
For more details of Fixy and its upcoming events, click here.
Somerset repair groups are recruiting new volunteers. Can you help by donating your time and skills? Groups need people to help with fixing items, coordinating, welcoming, cake baking, tea making, publicity, social media and more. Whatever your skills and interests, do get in touch with a local group.
There are many benefits from volunteering with a repair group;
Find a repair group, or how to set one up, here