It’s a fix… new repair service gets its name

It’s a fix… new repair service gets its name

Wednesday 16 March – The votes have been counted and Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) now has a name for the county’s new repair and reuse initiative.

Nearly 1,500 people cast a vote for one of five short-listed names for the new service which will see a customised van travelling the county supporting repair and reuse groups.

“Phoenix” and “Revival” had strong showings, but in the end “Fixy/Fixy McFixface” came out of top – the winner being a throwback to “Boaty McBoatface” the famous winner of a 2014 poll to name a British Research Vessel.

The number of votes is a promising sign of the interest there should be in this exciting new service and SWP would like to thank everyone who got involved.

Work is now well underway to bring the Fixy Service to life, with the aim of having Fixy McFixface on the road by the summer, or earlier if possible.

In its first year, Fixy will be dedicated to all things electrical – from toasters to tablets, record players to remote controls – if it has a plug or takes batteries, this project is about giving it a new lease of life when it stops working.

Providing practical help, useful tools and a PAT testing service, the transit-style Fixy van will encourage people to get things mended and reused rather than throwing them away or recycling them.

It will also visit events, schools and businesses to provide hands-on help, training and promote the repair and reuse.

If the first year is a success the project may continue and be used to support repair and reuse across the board, not just electricals.

The initiative is being led by Resource Futures in partnership with SWP and Donate-IT, a local Community Interest Company which refurbishes laptops, tablets and phones and distributes them to families who need them.

The van will have a collection point for these items and Donate-IT will securely data wipe donations.

For more information about the Fixy service and ways to reduce, reuse and recycle visit the Somerset website and follow @somersetwaste on Facebook and Twitter.