Campbell River’s ‘Repair Café’ wants to keep items out of landfills
Volunteers repair a kettle at the Repair Café (Photo: City of Campbell River)
Repair and reuse – that’s the message the City of Campbell River is trying to get across, as it gears up to launch another Repair Café.
The café held last fall was a big success, so the City is hosting another one. It offers locals the opportunity to get help with repairs on portable items this spring, and it’s all in an effort to reduce waste.
Next week, your broken items will once again get a chance at a second life thanks to the unique skills of volunteer fixers.
Repair Café is happening at the Sportsplex between 9:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm from April 12th to 16th.
“We’re teaming up with local volunteers to offer another COVID-conscious Repair Café this April. Safe drop-off and pickup procedures will be in place to accept damaged or broken household items,” says recreation program coordinator Linda Nagle. “If you can carry it, we will try and fix it!”
One of the fixer volunteers, Dr. David Baar will be available to help fix electronics like computers, digital cameras, audio-visual components, cordless phones, corded phones, and headphones. He’s a physicist, engineer and computer scientist and is an advocate for repair and reuse.
“One of my particular repair priorities is electronic devices of all kinds,” Dr. Barr says. “That is partly because of my own technical background, but also because of the various toxic materials in their components. I would like to see them kept out of the waste stream.”
For more details, visit the City’s website. You can also check out the Campbell River Recreation and Culture Facebook page before and during the event week.