Fixing Factories

Fixing Factories

Born from a joint initiative between the Restart Project in partnership with climate charity Possible, Ready Tech Go, West London Waste Authority, and Mer IT and made possible thanks to National Lottery funding, the first Fixing Factory opened at the Abbey Road Reuse and Recycling Centre, London on 23rd April 2022.

Fixing Factories, similar to ReTuna and Kierrätyskeskus, provide a solution to prevent used electronics ending up in ‘recycled’ waste. Instead, a repair is attempted on the donated item, and if successful the device is given to local charities.  Collecting the broken devices also provides free spares to help with repairs.

They also provide a repair service supported by volunteers in the partnership organisations.

The first Fixing Factory opened in Brent.  The second will open in Camden Town.

Linked to the Fixing Factories are a series of community and equational events.  At Bren, a session was held with students at Alperton School studying ICT.  The workshop enabled the students to learn about the challenges of electronics and e-waste and to practice preparing themselves.