In a fix with your broken electrical items and gadgets? Well, Recycle Devon can help with that. They are putting on a series of community repair events across Devon and Torbay during September-November and the North Devon event will take place at the 361 Energy Fair at Barnstaple Pannier Market on November 6th.

At these special REPAIR IT events, members of the public will be able to bring along any broken household electrical items, including computers, to be fixed by a team of volunteer menders on the day – at no cost. The events will run on Saturday mornings from 10am-12:30pm and repairs will be carried out on a first come, first served basis. Menders include local businesses, retired electrical engineers and skilled members of local community groups such as Transition Newton Abbot and Tavistock.

Emma Croft, Re-use Project Co-ordinator, who is organising the events says, ‘Research shows that more than 75% of the small electrical items that come into our recycling centres could be back up and running if they were repaired. These events are designed to help householders waste less and enable them to save money and resources by not having to replace something broken.’

To find out more about these events or to volunteer your mending skills, please get in touch with Emma on 07966 566435 or via
Additional information:

Recycle Devon is a countywide waste communications campaign which represents a partnership of 11 authorities across Devon including Devon County Council, 8 District Authorities and 2 Unitary Authorities. For more information visit

Devon County Council’s Re-use Project promotes re-use of durable household items – specifically clothes, electrical goods, furniture and bicycles through a programme of community and third sector engagement.

The REPAIR IT events have been funded by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Distributor Take Back Scheme.


Photo – REPAIR IT at the Tiverton Repair Cafe.