East London Waste Authority
East London Waste Authority

Fixing is our war on waste

People reparing a circuit board

Did you see Hugh’s War on Waste a few weeks ago? The BBC One documentary follows Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on his mission to find out why we waste so much.

Some filming took place at a Restart Party in Stroud and saw various items being fixed instead of going to waste.

Well more Restart Parties have been organised in East London and you are invited!

Have you got a broken electronic item or small appliance that could be fixed instead of being thrown away? Why not pop along to a Restart Party in Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge and our volunteer repairers will see if they can help you fix it. We can help you with things like slow or damaged laptops, kettles, headphones, printers, toasters, radios and many other small and portable devices. Just bring your misbehaving item and your enthusiasm to fix – no previous experience is necessary! Don’t forget your charger or power supply and please back up your data before the event. It’s first come, first served so come early to avoid disappointment.

The events are brought to you by The Restart Project, a London-based social enterprise encouraging and empowering people to use their electronics longer in order to reduce electronic waste.

Between May and July, various Restart Parties were held at Hornchurch Library, Stratford Library, Barking Learning Centre and Ilford Pop-Up Green Market. The volunteer fixers managed to repair 34 different devices such as laptops, cameras, shavers, electric blankets, even hedge trimmers, all now in working order and prevented from becoming waste.

Our next series of Restart Parties are as follows:

Havering – Harold Hill Community Centre (Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, RM3 9LB) – Saturday 10 September – drop in between 11am and 2pm

Newham – East Ham Library (328 Barking Rd, East Ham, E6 2RT) – Saturday 8 October – drop in between 12 noon and 3pm

Barking & Dagenham – Dagenham Library (1 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9QS) – Thursday 24 November – drop in between 6pm and 9pm

– Fulwell Cross Library (140 High Street, Ilford, IG6 2EA) – Saturday 3 December – drop in between 12 noon and 3pm. This event is in partnership with Barkingside 21.

All events are free and open to everyone.

Electrical and electronic items that cannot be repaired can be recycled at our reuse and recycling centres

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Barking & Dagenham