York Region is hosting a Repair Café this Saturday, February 29, 10 am – 1 pm at 7600 Kennedy Road in Markham.
Bring your items to repair and meet with volunteer fixers willing to share their skills and tools. They inspire people to repair items as an alternative to just throwing them away. All you need to do is show up with your broken item (one per person) and any replacement parts your repair might need.
“Repair Cafés support a shift in mindset from today’s throw-away society to a more sustainable existence,” says Myron McLelland, Project Coordinator, Sustainable Waste Management, Environmental Services at The Regional Municipality of York. “This way, the value of possessions are realized, repair skills are respected and the amount of resources used for new goods are reduced.”
“This type of program encourages residents to consider repair as an alternative for their broken items over the convenience of throwing it away. It also allows an opportunity for residents to learn new skills from fixers so they can learn how to repair their items too.”
Repair Cafés help support The Regional Municipality of York’s waste reduction goals outlined in its SM4RT Living Plan. This plan identifies the need to:
- Decrease overall waste generation by increasing waste diversion efforts
- Advocate for reuse, repair, and repurpose opportunities in York Region
- Educate residents to reuse and repair goods they would have otherwise discarded
Since 2017, York Region has hosted 15 Repair Cafés across all nine local cities and towns and has since inspired community groups to run their own programs.
Fixer specialities for this event include: sewing repairs, bicycles, small appliances, toys, and furniture.
Registration is mandatory due to limited availability. For more information or to register, please visit york.ca/repaircafe.