Fixy on its way to Wincanton

Fixy on its way to Wincanton

Thursday 15 September – The Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) Fixy van is on its way to Wincanton this month.

It will join the wincanton Repair Café on Saturday 24 September between 10am and 1pm.

The café, which has been running for over a year, is based at the Quaker Barn on the High Street. The striking blue and white Fixy van will be in the nearby Memorial Hall car park.

The café volunteers will try to fix anything brought in and have particular skills in sewing, leather goods, jewellery and electricals. Fixing is free, as are cups of tea, but donations are welcome.

The Fixy team can discuss the benefits of repair and reuse, local opportunities to get things fixed, and ideas for volunteering.

Recycling is good, but repair and reuse is even better and Fixy is supporting the county’s network of repair cafes and groups, with a focus on breathing new life into electricals and electronics.

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

Thanks to Somerset-based DonateIT, donated items will be repaired if possible and passed on to schools, community groups and people who need them. If they cannot be fixed, they will be responsibly recycled. 

The following items can also be donated: laptops, tablets, mobile phone/smart phones, iPhones, iPads, smart watches, digital cameras, games consoles and accessories, hard drives/external hard drives, routers.

Anyone visiting Fixy can enter a free monthly draw to win a laptop or tablet. Just complete a short survey and you could be the lucky winner choosing between a ‘repaired for reuse’ laptop or tablet as a prize.

The Wincanton Repair Café meets once a month, usually on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Check somersetwaste.gov.uk/fixy for the latest info on where Fixy will be, along with details of Somerset’s Repair Cafes and how you can volunteer with them.

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 as part of Recycle More collections. 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.

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