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Fixy unveiled for Somerset Day

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is celebrating Somerset Day by giving a first glimpse of its new four-wheeled recruit.

Press Release issued by Somerset Waste Partnership:

On the day to celebrate all things great about Somerset, this is the first look at the striking blue Fixy van that is bringing repair and reuse of electricals to all corners of the county.

Somerset has a flourishing network of Repair Cafes and similar groups. Fixy will be giving them practical support and helping them grow, starting this Saturday.

Fixy is about loving your stuff for longer - if it has a plug or takes batteries, Fixy wants to help give it new lease of life. Recycling is great, but repair and reuse is even better. Fixy van image

"On Somerset Day we can be proud of the county's record on recycling," said Mickey Green, Managing Director of SWP. "Now we want to make Somerset to be synonymous with repair and reuse.

"It saves money, reduces waste and contributes to tackling climate change - why not give it a go?"

Carrying helpful tools and vital spare parts, the van - named Fixy McFixface in a public vote - boasts a solar-powered power supply and will offer a portable appliance (PAT) testing service to give fixed electricals a safety check.

The Fixy roadshow makes its debut this Saturday 14 May at the eat:Taunton event in the centre of Taunton.

Join them in East Street to find out more about repair and reuse and enter a prize draw to win a refurbished laptop, smartphone or tablet.

The team will also sign-post people to Taunton Repair Café which is running from 1.30-4.30pm at nearby Moose Hall on Tower Lane (TA1 4AR).

The café's volunteer specialists will do their best to fix anything taken along, including electricals, electronics, clothing, furniture, toys, tools and ceramics. They will also be able to sharpen knives and small tools.

Repair cafes are also scheduled for Wells and on the Blackdown Hills on Saturday 14 May as part of "The Big Fix" - a growing nationwide initiative to promote repair and reuse.

Fixy will be attending events to promote repair and reuse, provide information about local repair cafes and groups, and encourage volunteers to get involved and share their skills.

And, by teaming up with Somerset-based Donate-IT, Fixy will be taking donations of broken or unwanted smart tech for repair to pass on to those schools, groups or individuals who need them.

For more information and the latest on Fixy, including where Fixy McFixface will be and when, and how to get involved in repair and reuse visit Fixy Van Rob flag

Working electricals and electronics should always be passed on to others or donated to charity shops if they are no longer needed.

Broken items that cannot be repaired for reuse can be recycled from the kerbside as part of Recycle More collections. Items must be small enough to fit into a carrier bag (not a black sack) which should be left untied next to your other recycling.

Later in the year, Fixy plans to visit schools and businesses to discuss how repair and reuse could work for them.

The Fixy project is being delivered by SWP in partnership with Resource Futures and Donate-IT with grant funding from Ecosurety Exploration Fund.