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Santa Monica to Host Repair Cafe
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By Lookout Staff

April 26, 2016 -- Think before you recycle. It may not be the best thing to do.

Fixing something you plan to toss -- whether a ripped sweater or a computer on the blink -- is still the best way to reduce your carbon footprint.

So before tossing that clothing item, appliance, furniture item or book, take it to the Westside Repair Cafe hosted by the City of Santa Monica on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Marine Park, 1406 Marine Street.

Experienced volunteers, known as Fixers, will perform some old-fashioned tinkering and likely repair the broken household goods free of charge, organizers said. They also will offer advice on how best to reuse and repair the items.

"We throw away an incredible amount of stuff every day, but imagine extending the life of your items at little to no cost," event organizers said. "Saving used items from landfills is key to reducing our waste."

Part of the City's Zero Waste Strategic Plan, the event organized by the Resource Recovery & Recycling Division will provide electricians, seamstresses, electronics technicians, carpenters and others to "help make all possible repairs," officials said.

"Repair and tinkering are becoming lost arts, but the Repair Cafe aims to change that," organizers said.

Participants are encouraged to bring "torn clothes, books, broken furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, computers, and toys," organizers said.

Tools and materials will be available.

According to the Environmental protection Agency (EPA), Americans trashed or recycled 423,000 tons of computers, 595,000 tons of monitors and more than a million tons of televisions in 2010. Download PDF report or Visit

In fact, Americans dispose of 142,000 computers and more than 416,000 mobile devices every day. While electronic waste -- or e-waste -- accounts for 2 percent of trash in landfills, it contains 70 percent of toxins, according to the agency.

Those who plan to bring their broken objects to the Repair Cafe can sign in at the Reception Desk and fill out a Repair Ticket for each of the items they want fixed.

Priority will be given to those who have a filled out Repair Ticket in advance, organizers said, otherwise, repair priority is first-come, first-serve.

Completed Repair Tickets are then taken to the "Greeter Table," where someone will assign a Repair Station.

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