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Bring an old item back to life

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Gloucestershire Recycles is encouraging people across the county to bring items back to life by repairing them.

There are Repair Cafes all over Gloucestershire, including Stroud and Nailsworth..

Many items are thrown away with almost nothing wrong with them, but lots of people don’t have the skills to repair things themselves.

Repairing and reusing items is even better for the environment than recycling, it can save money, reduce carbon emissions, reduce plastic waste, and reduce resource use.

If everyone in Gloucestershire repairs just one item, more than 600,000 items could be saved – the equivalent of 125 lorries worth of recycling.

Repair Cafes have been set up across the county, where talented volunteers can repair items for you. Items such as clothes, electronics, furniture, bric-a-brac, and bikes are all regularly brought along and repaired.

Those people that have DIY or crafting skills are encouraged to get involved and share their skills at their local Repair Cafe.

Get involved using #GreenerGloucestershire on social media, with your stories, hints and tips on repair.

Cllr David Gray, Cabinet member responsible for environment at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are committed to creating a Greener Gloucestershire, and reducing the amount we throw away is an important part of that.

“By using the skills of our Repair Cafe volunteers, we can bring items back to life and reuse them.

“I urge people to visit their local Repair Cafe, and reuse items that don’t need to be thrown away.”

For more information, visit https://www.gloucestershirerecycles.com/reduce/repair/, or email, waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

For the latest news in this area, subscribe to the Gloucestershire Recycles Recycling and Waste Minimisation newsletter, or the Greener Gloucestershire Climate and Sustainability newsletter.

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