Repair cafe set to return alongside Green Living Expo

More than 100 items have been repaired and salvaged from ending up in the landfill since the first repair cafe event was held last year in Kamloops.

Now, the event will return on May 11 as part of the Green Living Expo at Sandman Centre.

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Repair cafes are free events hosted jointly by Transition Kamloops and Kamloops Makerspace, allowing residents to bring in almost any item that can be carried — lamps, hair dryers, toasters, clothes, bikes, furniture and toys — excluding computers and cellphones.

Volunteers provide assistance and teach residents how to repair their goods, with the end goal of preventing otherwise working items from being tossed in the trash.

The repair cafe concept spawned about a decade ago in the Netherlands to minimize waste. It will run during the entirety of the Green Living Expo, which is a family friendly event held each year by the City of Kamloops.

It returns for its fourth year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11.

In addition to the repair cafe, it also includes an Iron Chef cooking competition, kid zone, food truck festival and booths providing tips for healthy backyards, water conservation and more.

For more information about the Green Living Expo, go online to the City of Kamloops website.

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