City of Melville aims to reduce waste with its first Repair Lab event series

12 August 2021

The City of Melville is reducing waste while assisting the community to fix their broken items by launching its first Repair Lab event series.

The City of Melville is reducing waste while assisting the community to fix their broken items by launching its first Repair Lab event series.

The free Repair Lab Melville events will take place every two months and help community members fix their belongings, save money and prevent items from going to landfill.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the City had recruited skilled volunteers who would help the community repair items such as clothing, textiles, bikes, furniture, electronics and general household items.

“Initiatives such as Repair Lab Melville are all part of our work to achieve our community’s priority of a clean and green environment and to our vision of a sustainable future,” said Mayor Gear.

“The Repair Lab will also include the sharing of repair skills, encouraging community members to continue to repair and reuse items into the future.

“If you’re unsure if your broken item can be fixed, I encourage you to register and come along to our first Repair Lab on Sunday, 22 August at the Piney Lakes Environment Education Centre to see what our volunteers can do.

“By repairing these items, you are saving it from being sent to landfill and helping build the circular economy.”

Mayor Gear said the Repair Lab event series was timely as the Productivity Commission was due to release a report to the Federal Government about the impact of a right to repair law in October.

“The focus of this inquiry is on the consumers’ ability to repair faulty goods and to access repair services at a competitive price, while looking at the barriers in repair markets,” said Mayor Gear.

“The first event will also take place after Plastic Free July, during which we asked the community to consider ways to reduce the single-use plastics in their homes, schools and workplaces.”

To register for the event, visit the Eventbrite webpage.

As the COVID-19 situation can change quickly, stay up to date with the State Government’s latest advice and direction, by visiting www.wa.gov.au/COVID19 and for information about the City of Melville facilities and services, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/covid

Image: The City of Melville has recruited skilled volunteers to help the community at Repair Lab Melville events.

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