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Weekly Tips | June 20, 2011

Repair Revolution

When something breaks, we often think "Replace it!" In mancy cases,  a simple fix may be in order. While many products are not designed to last forever, local experts can help extend the life of the products we buy.

One of the easiest ways to reduce waste is to fix and repair items instead of throwing them away. It is time for a repair revolution!

Luckily, you do not have to look far for local, skilled technicians:


If you choose not to repair a broken item, help keep reusable parts and recyclable materials out of the landfill by donating parts to repair shops and recycling what cannot be salvaged. 

To learn more about local recycling options, call 1(800) RECYCLE or use King County’s “What Do I Do With?” lookup tool.

Resources: Small Appliances | | BBQ Grills | Furniture & Upholstery | Clocks | WatchesPower Tools | Shoes | Lawnmowers  | Saw Blades | Sewing Machines & Vacuums | Cell Phones | TVs | Bicycles | Computers | Stoves | Refrigerators | Washer/Dryers  | Dishwasher

The Big Picture 

In 2008, the Consumer Reports National Research Center conducted an Annual Product Reliability Survey and asked 13,477 of their magazine subscribers to share their experiences with 20,613 broken products.

In response to many requests for more information about how to make an informed "repair or replace" decsion, Consumer Reports has created product timelines and information about where to recycle unfixable itmes.

Sources: Consumer Reports 2008 Product Reliability Survey | King County “What Do I Do With?” Lookup Tool

Reduce first. Reuse what you can, and then Recycle.

waste reduction  reuse  repair 


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