Don’t throw it away, fix it!

In a collaborative effort to reduce waste and get the community together, Valletta Design Cluster (within the Valletta Cultural Agency), Friends of the Earth Malta, Żibel and Electro Waste Malta have joined forces to host a Repair Café on Saturday 23rd November from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, at the San Gorg Preca Primary School, in Valletta.

A Repair Café is a meeting place where the community comes together—people who have things that are broken and need fixing, meet others who know how to carry out repairs, and an exchange is carried out based on a solidarity economy. The repairs are done by volunteers for free with the concept of supporting each other and giving back to the community.

The public is invited to attend the Repair Café: Autumn Edition and encouraged to bring along small objects they want to fix, or come to learn how to easily repair different items. A number of repair stations will be on site including clothing repair (eg. torn trousers, jackets, dresses etc.), woodwork station (small wooden objects eg. jewelry boxes, folding chairs–no bulky furniture), toy fixes (eg. small electronic toys), up-cycling (small objects that can be repurposed), small household appliances repair (eg. toaster, blender, small fan–no bulky objects), phone and laptop diagnostics.

The repairs are done for free and all that can be fixed will be fixed; in the case were repairs cannot be performed, the issue with the object will be diagnosed. This can be the case for some modern-day appliances that are intentionally designed by companies to be thrown away and not repaired.

There will also be bins for electrical waste provided by Electro Waste Malta, so that the public can come and dispose of any small appliances or electronics that they have at home, that have reached their end of life and can have some of their components recycled.

This event will take place at the San Gorg Preca Primary School in Valletta, entrance from North Street, on Saturday 23 November from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. For further information, you may visit Facebook page event Repair Café: Autumn Edition, or via e-mail on info@foemalta.org.