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Fix it, don’t toss it, at free community repair events in Renton, Kent and Federal Way


Everyone knows the saying, 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,' but with Earth Day coming up soon, it’s a great time to embrace a fourth 'R' – repair. Take advantage of an upcoming community repair event where small household items can be brought for free repairs so they can continue to be used, rather than thrown out.


This spring, the King County EcoConsumer public outreach program is co-sponsoring free repair events in south King County where anyone can bring small household items and articles of clothing to get them repaired.

“These repair events help keep things out of the landfill, conserve resources and save people money,” said EcoConsumer Tom Watson, of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division.

“Folks have brought in lamps, chairs, small appliances, jeans, shirts and lots more, and our experienced ‘fixers’ have been able to fix more than two-thirds of the items that come in,” Watson said.

The next free repair event in south King County is the Renton Repair Café on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Renton Community Center, 1715 SE Maple Valley Highway in Renton. The annual Community Garage Sale and a new Plant and Seed Swap are being held there at the same time.

Additional upcoming repair events are:

• The Kent Repair Time Fix-It Event on Thursday, April 7, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St. in Kent.
• The South King Repair Café on Tuesday, May 24, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S. in Federal Way.

For more information on these repair events, visit, or contact Watson at, or 206-477-4481.