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For Release: Thursday, September 27, 2018

DEC Offering "Dare to Repair" Café at Reinstein Woods on Oct. 20

Free Event to Divert Waste from Landfills; Volunteer "Fixers" Needed

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that local residents can bring broken lamps, furniture, vacuums, and other items needing repair to a free Dare to Repair Café at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"By fixing what we have instead of buying new, we can save money and help the environment by diverting waste from landfills," said Meaghan Boice-Green, Reinstein Woods Center Director.

Volunteer "fixers" are always needed at these Dare to Repair Café community events. People with experience repairing any type of item, from furniture to clothing to electronics, are encouraged to volunteer by contacting Reinstein Woods at 716-683-5959, or

At the Dare to Repair Café, volunteer "repair coaches" work alongside event attendees to fix broken items. Although a fix is not guaranteed, repair coaches are often able to send people home with a repaired item. Even if the repair cannot be made at the event, attendees walk away with the knowledge that they gained during their repair session. Additionally, attendees can bring knives to be sharpened free of charge. Friends of Reinstein Woods will be offering light refreshments for sale while fixers are hard at work.

Dare to Repair Café is a local take on a global Repair Café movement that seeks to build community, divert items from the waste stream, and establish a sustainable mindset. DEC is collaborating on this event with Friends of Reinstein Woods, University Heights Community Laboratory, and University Heights Tool Laboratory.

Previous Dare to Repair Café events in the Buffalo area have resulted in hundreds of pounds of waste diverted from landfills.
Registration is not required for this free event. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is located at 93 Honorine Drive, off of Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Reinstein Woods at 716-683-5959, or visit Reinstein Woods website. (link leaves DEC's website)

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