22 November 2015

Repair Cafe Launch...

Photos to follow;

It was amazing, thank you to everyone who supported the launch, this includes Wivenhoe Cllr Mike Newton and Essex Cllr Malcolm Buckley.

Essex County Council Waste and Recycling team helped the Wivenhoe based Repair Cafe organise the event in Colchester library. over 30 household items were effectively repaired on the day. Volunteer repairer Lesley swung into action with her sewing machine and extended the life of several garments, thank you Lesley. Bikes, DVD players and more were repaired. For a reasonable cost the Repair Cafe is now able to repair larger household appliances such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers so please do call 07799 494 797.

If you are replacing your larger appliances please consider donating your old machines to the Repair Cafe we are now able to divert more items from landfill and give more people the chance to reuse and recycle larger household items.

Councillor Malcolm Buckley cut the ribbon which launched the Repair Cafe. East Anglian Times and the Gazette. took  photos of yesterdays event and next week you can see the fun we had. The launch marks the start of weekly Repair Cafes in Wivenhoe Library; 5:30pm-7pm every Thursday' and The Waiting Room; every Thursday, 7:30pm-9pm.

Christopher Repair Cafe Coordinator. repaircafe@transitionwivenhoe.org.uk

18 November 2015

Did you know?

Every year the average household in the UK spends around £800 on new electrical or electronic goods. By weight the UK purchases about 1.4 million tonnes per year and disposes of a similar amount. Nearly 40% of this goes to landfill and less than 10% of this is reused. Despite the fact most of it either still works or could be repaired. This is a significant environmental loss and an opportunity for the Wivenhoe based Repair Café to help you reduce our carbon footprint.

Today, the Repair Cafe launches the Wivenhoe Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainability Action Plan (WESAP) which seeks to generate a long lasting collaborative action throughout our town benefiting consumers and our environment. From December 2015 the Repair Café will operate from the Wivenhoe Library every Thursday evening 5:30pm - 7pm.

The Repair Cafés aim is to revolutionise how we repair reuse and recycle electrical and electronic products.

The Repair Cafe has identified that televisions, laptop computers, vacuum cleaners, refrigeration products and washing machines have the greatest resource impact in the UK market. The Repair Cafe will prioritise action for better repair and reuse efficiency  within these categories.

If you have a large or small household appliance which you no longer need and you believe it to be repairable, please consider donating it to this project, thank you.

For more information please contact Chris repaircafe@transitionwivenhoe.org.uk