Hennepin County Cuts Waste, Holds Monthly Fix-it Clinics
Once a month, Hennepin County hosts a fix-it-clinic in different cities. Residents will bring in small items like clothing, electronics and mobile devices and get it fixed by a volunteer. However, people are expected to actively participate and help repair their own items.
“People usually buy a new one and throw the old one away,” said Nancy Lo with Hennepin County. “We’re trying to reduce that waste by repairing the stuff that are a lot of the time, repairable.”
Lo says the activity is also about community building and empowerment.
“Once you are able to fix something you are like, this is amazing,” said Lo. “[You think] I can fix other stuff at home, or when stuff breaks, I can come here and work on it with a volunteer.”
Julie Leon came out to the Fix-It Clinic to learn how to repair a zipper.
“I watched what she did so now in the future if I have a zipper problem, I can take care of it myself,” says Leon.
The next Fix-It Clinic will be at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center. It runs from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 8. For more information, click here.