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Yorkton library hosts 'repair cafe'

Fixing something is better than throwing it away.
Rob Clifford takes a closer look at a broken electric heater,

YORKTON - It was an opportunity to get some help fixing a variety of items as a Repair Café was held Saturday in Yorkton. 

The idea is a simple one, rather than throwing something not working into the trash bin where it ends up in the landfill, why not seek out some help to fix it? 

People were invited to bring items such as small electronics, computers, bikes, clothing and textiles, where people were on hand to hopefully effect some small repairs. 

“Repair cafes are an international concept,” explained Amber Harvey with Yorkton Public Library location for the event, adding one was held in Yorkton in 2019. 

Harvey said the concept brings together local volunteers willing to try and fix and repair various items, with people bringing something they feel might be fixable. 

Fixing something is better than throwing it away, added Harvey. 

“It’s the whole sustainability concept,” she said. 

Locally they had 20 people pre book appointments to bring items in, said Harvey, adding walk-ins were welcome as well. 

The ‘café’ was hosted by Affinity Credit Union and the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and was held at the Yorkton Public Library.