With Earth Day just around the corner, it’s a good time to recycle, reuse or repair.

Skilled volunteers will fix broken bikes, eyeglasses, furniture, electronics and tools at the City of Winter Park’s first “Don’t Pitch it, Fix it Workshop.”

The community event that is sweeping town halls nationwide will match residents that need repairs with local experts or they can swap items with members of the community. It will be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 13th at the Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave.

The workshop supports the city’s Sustainability Action Plan by reducing the daily consumption of goods in homes, encouraging recycling and helping to save money through trade, according to Winter Park spokesperson Clarissa Howard.

The library came up with the idea after watching video on social media highlighting the need for these events and the success they have enjoyed in other U.S. cities, Howard said.

Repairing and trading reduces the amount of things thrown out in landfills, conserves resources and improves the quality of life for the entire community. The event also is a learning experience where valuable skills from volunteers will be shared with residents.

Items for fixing or swapping include clothing, eyeglasses, bicycles, furniture, electronics, tools, fishing poles and more. The workshop has 12 volunteers and is looking for more people who have the skills to fix electronics and small appliances. Services are subject to a charge but anyone from the public can attend the free event.

 

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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