• Recycle

    Repair and recycle

    Recycle
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    Repair Café

    Repair cafe
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    Repair Café

    Repair cafe
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    Fine work

    Repair cafe
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    Electrical repairs

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    Repair Café

    Repair cafe
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    Refreshments

    Repair cafe
  • Recycle

    Fine work

    Repair cafe
  • Recycle

    Repair and recycle

    Recycle
  • Recycle

    Repair Café

    Repair cafe
  • Recycle

    Repair Café

    Repair cafe
  • Recycle

    Fine work

    Repair cafe
  • Recycle

    Electrical repairs

    Repair cafe
  • Recycle

    Repair Café

    Repair cafe
  • Recycle

    Refreshments

    Repair cafe
  • Recycle

    Fine work

    Repair cafe

Recycle

We are all familiar with the recycling that is collected from our gates by the council. However, there are many other ways to recycle. In our area we are very fortunate to have a number of Repair Cafes. Many things we throw away can in fact be repaired or re-purposed. Food waste and other organic material can be used to make compost for your garden. There are some organisations that will recycle specific items, such as clothing and shoes or milk bottle tops.

Reuse

Many people will have seen programmes on television about re-purposing items that are no longer needed, or that are outdated. Maybe it’s a piece of furniture you don’t like anymore. Have you thought of up-cycling it? Even if it is an item you no longer need, someone else might like to have it. So items, such as furniture can be modernised, by applying colour or images to it. The item might even then have some value and be saleable. Providing items are still serviceable then advertise them on Ebay or Facebook Marketplace and someone else may well be very please to buy them off you. The other excellent way to pass something on to someone else is Freecycle. All of these methods can avoid sending items to landfill.

There are charity shops that are always keen to collect things that can be sold on. In addition there are websites such as Vinted for used clothes. There is also a regular baby and toddler (0-5 years of age) clothes swap held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month between 11.30am and 1pm at Wellington Methodist Church.

Clothes for recycling

Repair

The Repair Café movement started in Holland in 2009 and has spread worldwide. The Wellington Repair Café takes place every two months, on a Saturday morning. Volunteer repairers donate their services for free and anyone can bring items to be assessed and, usually, repaired on the spot. Even if a repair is not possible there and then, advice is given or guidance on buying the correct spare part to be fitted later. There are usually volunteers able to tackle furniture repairs, electrical items, clothing and fabrics, toys and general repairs, clocks, jewellery and the ever popular tool sharpening.

The atmosphere at the Café is always lively and happy, with much laughter and banter as the repairers set about their work – customers can sit with them and discuss what they are doing. Or, if they prefer, buy themselves a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake to sit with friends whilst work proceeds.

If you are not able to get to a repair cafe, maybe it is something that you could repair yourself. To find out when the next Wellington Repair Café is, look at our calendar.

Recycle

It is possible to recycle many items and materials, and we need to be moving towards a circular economy. It is important to use our recycling bins at home. For larger items there is the Wellington Recycling Centre. If you are unsure what can be recycled, then click on the Recycle Now button below. This takes you to a useful site where you can check if something can be recycled.

Recycle

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