Hackney Council,

Hackney’s annual Repair and Re-use Day returns to London Fields on Saturday 7 July

The event, now in its fifth year, aims to help residents reduce waste and save money by having their broken electrical items mended by Hackney Fixers.

People will also be able to donate unwanted items and pick up something they need at the give and take stall, which is like a jumble sale where no money changes hands.

Dr Bike will be at the event to provide residents with free bicycle checks and minor repairs. Plus there will be textile workshops, led by Barley Massey from Fabrications, to help people repair clothes that may otherwise be thrown away.

The North London Waste Authority waste prevention team will also be on hand to demonstrate how to prepare meals using food normally destined for the bin. Freebies will also be available to help residents cook the right portions as well as a host of fun games.

The event demonstrates the Council's commitment to creating a circular economy and encouraging a more sustainable approach to consumption, through repairing and sharing before recycling, which only represents part of the solution.

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services
We live in a culture in which throwing things away, rather than sharing, donating, or recycling, has become the norm.

This has contributed to a global environmental crisis and driven huge increases in the greenhouse gases causing global warming, as well increasing consumer debt for the households that can least afford it. Hackney’s annual Repair and Re-use Day is an excellent way of getting our residents thinking about the waste they produce and how it can be minimised for the good of our planet and their finances.

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services

The Repair and Re-use Day will take place between 11am and 3pm. For more details, check #RepairReuseHackney, follow @greenerhackney on Twitter or check the Greener Hackney facebook page.