Glastonbury Abbey joins the Fixy fan club

Glastonbury Abbey joins the Fixy fan club

Thursday 3 November – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is urging businesses across the county to fix a date with the Fixy repair and reuse initiative.

Glastonbury Abbey has become the latest organisation to let the project breathe new life into its unwanted tech.

Fixy is a joint initiative helping bring the repair and reuse of electricals and electronics to Somerset communities.

The team was invited to the abbey to run one of its mobile “tech amnesty”, collecting more than a dozen pieces of unwanted tech items.

Thanks to project partner Donate IT, these will be repaired where possible and passed on to school children, refugees, elderly and isolated people, helping bridge the digital divide.

Items that cannot be fixed are responsibly recycled.

Nick Gaze, Head of Estates at Glastonbury Abbey, said: “Not only does this initiative strengthen our work towards a sustainable future but also goes to help those people who may otherwise be left behind as the world becomes increasingly digital.

“Glastonbury Abbey is very proud to be involved.”

Any business can request a visit from Fixy by emailing fixy@somersetwaste.gov.ukIt is a great way to help the environment and promote sustainability by preventing electronic and smart tech from going to waste.

As well as running the tech amnesty for businesses and their staff, the team can talk to staff to inform and enthuse them about all things repair and reuse.

Since it launched in May, more than 300 items have been donated including laptops, tablets, smart phones, digital cameras, PCs, hard drives, servers, routers, and power cables.

Somerset-based Donate IT securely cleans all memory so no data is left on the device before it finds a new home.

As well as its work with businesses, Fixy is supporting the thriving network of repair cafes and groups across Somerset. It provides extra fixing capacity and promotes repair, reuse and sustainable consumption.

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 the Ecosurety Exploration Fund.