The final figures for the March event:
Total number of items accepted for repair – 64
(UK average shown in brackets)
Total number repaired – 45 = 69% (66.7%)
Sewing – 12 accepted, 12 repaired = 100% (87%)
Electrical (+ Computers) – 35 accepted, 18 repaired = 51.4% (51.3%)
Mechanical – 17 accepted, 15 repaired = 88% (61.8%)
The result is that 45 items did not go to landfill. Using figures from the latest research each item repaired saves 24kg of CO2 so we saved 1080Kg of CO2 emissions.
The running total of CO2 saved (Feb +March) 1872Kg = 15,471Km or 9613 miles in the average car.
We also recovered some scrap electrical items and dismantled them. There is some steel and other metal plus hard plastic which will go to the DCC Stone Gravels Recycling Centre. Non-ferrous metal is saved until there is enough to sell to a metal recycler, any proceeds will go to group funds.
If you buy something you own it, it is yours and you should have the right to repair it. But an increasing number of manufacturers are stopping you from doing that. Take Apple for example, if you replace the battery in a phone or tablet and then take it to an Apple centre, they will refuse to even look at it.
Other manufacturers claim that the item is their intellectual property and stop you from getting inside. It is nothing more than a way of boosting profits and encouraging a throwaway society. Things must change.
Unfortunately for UK residents the government does not think the same. They have blocked legislation that gives the right to repair.
Only the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Portugal support the right to repair. All the more reason for a nationwide network of repair cafes armed with a set of security bits. We love a challenge!