Contact: John Adams
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Wellesley Recreation Department Room 008
90 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA  02481
United States of America

Repair Café Comes to Wellesley


The Natural Resources Committee has been partnering with the Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee and the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility to find new ways to implement the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Thanks to a program sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the MA Department of Environmental Protection, this town-wide effort has a new name: WasteWise Wellesley. Through the EPA’s national WasteWise program, Wellesley joins other communities and organizations throughout the country that have committed to reducing waste.


The EPA says that within just one year, half to three quarters of annual resource inputs to industrial economies are returned to the environment as waste.  WasteWise Wellesley aims to reverse these trends. The program helps its partners to reduce their purchasing and waste disposal costs and decrease their contributions to climate change and other adverse environmental and human health impacts arising from our consumption, use, and disposal of materials.

The Rotary Club of Wellesley wants to add REPAIR to the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) program by announcing our first Repair Café Event. It will be held on Saturday April 7th  from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Wellesley Recreation Center.


Repair Café


Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). At the Repair Café event, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make most repairs. Repairs can be made on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.


Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

There are over 1.300 Repair Cafés worldwide. 

NOTE: Metro West Electronics will be a special Repair Coach, dealing with used and old electronics!

Please register as a guest in advance to attend the Café. List the item you want to repair. If you have questions, feel free to contact John Adams at or 617-817-0314. If we can talk before the event, then we can make sure to have the necessary parts for repair available.

If you have repair skills and want to help out, please register as a volunteer.




Repair Café House Rules

·         The work carried out in the Repair Café is performed free of charge on a voluntary basis by the repair experts at hand.

·         Visitors carry out the repairs themselves whenever possible, but repair experts on site can help if necessary.

·         The fact that the repairs are being performed by unpaid volunteers reflects the allocation of risks and limitation of liability. Neither the organizers of the Repair Café nor the repair experts are liable for any loss that may result from advice or instructions concerning repairs, for the loss of items handed over for repair, for indirect or consequential loss or for any other kind of loss resulting from work performed in the Repair Café. The limitations set forth in these house rules shall not apply to claims declared justified on the basis of liability arising by virtue of applicable consumer protection legislation which cannot be lawfully superseded.

·         A voluntary donation is greatly appreciated.

·         Any use of new materials such as leads, plugs, fuses, ready-made kneebends 
or applications will be paid for separately.

·         Visitors offering broken items for repair do so at their own risk.

·         Experts making repairs offer no guarantee for the repairs carried out with their help and are not liable if objects that are repaired in the Repair Café turn out not to work properly at home.

·         Repair experts are entitled to refuse to repair certain objects.

·         Repair experts are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that cannot be repaired.

·         Visitors to Repair Café are solely responsible for the tidy removal of broken objects that could not be repaired.

·         To cut down on unnecessary waiting times during busy periods, a maximum of ONE broken item per person will be examined. The visitor will join the back of the queue if there is a second item for repair.