Hillingdon Council hosted its ‘Repair and Reuse Day’ at Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre in Hayes on Saturday, September 23rd.
The event encouraged local residents to consider repairing and repurposing their belongings instead of buying new items.
Various organisations, including Dr Bike, Freegle, Learn Hillingdon, Hillingdon Friends of the Earth, Austin Sewing Club, Hillingdon Repair Café, and the Restart Party, provided advice to guests.
TRAID, in collaboration with the council, conducted workshops where residents repaired garments, received guidance on other items, and donated 5.3kgs of clothing.
Hillingdon Friends of the Earth assisted residents in fixing small electrical devices, while the council’s recycling team addressed recycling queries from around 250 attendees.
Hillingdon Council’s Dr Bike team repaired a remarkable 28 bikes within four hours, and the Austin Sewing Club shared sewing tips and insights with local residents who attended.
Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services said: “Our aim of being a green, sustainable borough is achieved by everybody working together. Events like our Reuse and Repair Day help us to make the best of what we have, tackle the Climate Emergency and save some money.
“In addition to our free, weekly recycling collections, we also take batteries for recycling in all our libraries, offer bookable textile collections from residents’ homes and we take everything from NHS walking aids to furniture and children’s toys, to be reused at Harefield Civic Amenity Sit
For more information on recycling and reusing various items, visit our website at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/recycling-schemes.