The people of Tipperary are being urged not to discard broken household items but instead bring them along to a free pop-up fixing clinic taking place at the Scout Hall in Nenagh on Saturday April 18th from 11am to 2pm.
The Repair Café is part of a growing international movement, first initiated in Holland in 2009, which encourages people to repair things rather than throw them away.
The Southern Region Waste Management Office, in conjunction with Tipperary County Council and Nenagh Mens Shed, is inviting people to drop in to the ‘Cafe’ with items such as tools with broken handles, wooden furniture, bikes or electrical equipment, where they will learn to fix them.
“The concept is really simple,” explained Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, who continued: “The ‘Café’ brings together local businesses from the Nenagh area that have a range of skills and knowledge about fixing items. Householders bring along their broken items, sit with the experts and watch and learn from when the item is taken apart to when it is put back together again.”
Ms. McDonogh added: “Repair Cafe organisers find the majority of people who show up bring items they feel are too expensive to repair and would simply throw them away; shovels, lamps and children’s toys being popular examples. Often however, these items are easily repairable.”
Next week’s event is Nenagh is the final in a series of three Repair Cafés being held across the Southern Waste Region with other events already taking place in Tralee and Kilkenny.
The Southern Waste Region, which is administered by the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO), covers Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. See wwww.southernwasteregion.ie for more.