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Why repair?

Repairing saves you money. It saves the environment. And it connects us to our things. Don't throw away. Join the repair revolution.

Lots of shops offer repair services - look on the high street, search online or in local directories. YouTube also has lots of repair videos which could help you if you want to try to repair items yourself.

The Kirkbymoorside Environment Group are inspiring groups in the county and further afield with their popular repair cafes. The next one takes place at the Moorside Room, Church Street, Kirkbymoorside from 9.30 am – 12.30 on Saturday 12 May. You can bring along your broken items and their skilled volunteers will work with you to do their best to repair them – free of charge. Computer, electrical, household, toys, tools, clothing mending and alterations, general minor repairs – they can help will all sorts of issues. Perhaps you could offer your skills to help them out in return?

The Kirkbymoorside Environment Group also run the popular Give or Take Days at the Memorial Hall, where unwanted goods are given, and taken, by local residents. These happen twice a year in April and October – and they keep a tremendous amount of items out of landfill. For further information telephone: 01751 430907 or visit their website.

Another great resource is Hubbub – this is a national organisation that highlights reuse. At the moment their website has a host of advice and tips on creative ways to make clothes last longer. Their three top tips for what you can do today include:

1. Beat fast fashion. Be aware of impulse buys and think about whether you really want or need something. This will help you buy less, but better.

2. Love seconds. Find some gems in second hand clothes shops or swap clothes and accessories you no longer want with your friends and family. You could even revamp something old with a few embellishments.

3. Care for your clothes. Simple actions like washing clothes at 30ºC, only ironing when necessary and reducing tumble drying can make your clothes last much longer.

They have a range of ideas from sustainable World Book Day outfits, to guides to simple clothing repairs and even DIY Christmas jumper advice!

If someone else can reuse your item, it can be given away sold at car boot sales or given away through sites like Freecycle or Freegle.

You can also take items that can be reused to Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) – all HWRCs in North Yorkshire have areas for reuse, if you think your item is in good reusable condition then please speak to one of the site staff.

Another useful resource is the newly updated North Yorkshire County Council’s reuse directory which lists the local charity shops that take items for reuse.  This handy factsheet lists nearest charity shops or furniture reuse organisations in your area, the range of items they accept and their ability to collect or deliver items.

#DontBeAWaster events this month:

Repair cafe - 12 May 9.30am to 12.30pm - Moorside Room, Church Street, Kirkbymoorside

Events attended by North Yorkshire Rotters, North Yorkshire County Council's team of volunteers who promote home composting and help our communities reduce food waste:

North Yorkshire Rotters Market Stall at Hovingham - promoting love food hate waste and home composting - 5 May 10am to 2pm - Hovingham Village YO62 4LF

Love Food Hate Waste & Home composting at the Malton Food Festival, 26 May 9am to 5.00pm - Malton Market Place, YO17 7LW

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Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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Phone: 01653 600666

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