WASTE REDUCTION – Don’t throw it away, get it fixed at the Repair Cafe

(Image: Nicholas Adams, Makerspace)

Have something that needs fixing? Don’t send it to the landfill, bring it to the Repair Cafe. Its team of volunteer experts will assist you in troubleshooting the problem and show you how to repair your item. Anything you can carry in (except computers and cell phones) is fair game: lamps, hair dryers, toasters, clothes, bikes, furniture, toys, etc. And here’s the best part: it’s free.

The event, a joint project of Transition Kamloops and Kamloops Makerspace, will be part of the Green Living Expo at the Sandman Center in Kamloops at 300 Lorne Street on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Repair Café specialists enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills and almost always have the know-how to advise, assist and teach you how to carry out the repair. Since last year’s inaugural Repair Café more than 100 items have been saved from the landfill.

Repairing objects minimizes waste, something which is absolutely necessary, according to Jennifer Ste. Marie of Transition Kamloops. “We throw away piles of stuff in Canada. Even things which have practically nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair. Repair Café wants to change that.”

Nicolas Adams of Kamloops Makerspace points out that repairs can save money and resources. “But above all, Repair Café allows our volunteers to share their experience and talents with others and give back to the community.”

The Repair Café concept arose in the Netherlands in 2009 and was formulated by Martine Postma, an Amsterdam-based journalist/publicist. In 2010, she started the Repair Café Foundation (see, which provides support to local groups around the world wishing to start their own Repair Café. The foundation also supports the Repair Café in Kamloops.


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