Lake Oswegans flock to the city's first repair fair at the Adult Community Center

The City of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network hosted the community's first Repair Fair on Saturday at the Adult Community Center. Dozens of residents took the opportunity to bring in their old bicycles, small electronics, appliances, clothing, jewelry and toys to be repaired.

More than 140 items came through the fair, according to Clackamas County sustainability analyst Stacy Ludington. Of those, only 44 items couldn't be fixed; 83 items were repaired, and 14 more are in progress. It was the most-attended Repair Fair event in Clackamas County to date, Ludington said.

The fair was a result of efforts by LOSN to address action items contained in Lake Oswego's climate and sustainability action plan. The goal: to cut down on waste, provide education and improve the community's mindest toward recycling and reuse.

In addition to the city, county and LOSN, master recyclers and staff from the Adult Community Center and Lake Oswego Public Library played a role in making the day a success. New Seasons Market provided food for the repairers without even being asked, according to Lake Oswego resident and LOSN steering committee member Dorothy Atwood

"They just thought it was the right thing to do," she said.

Atwood says that in the future, the Repair Fair hopes to incorporate more educational aspects and training, pairing young Lake Oswegans with professional repair technicians to teach skills and improve understanding of the way materials are recycled and reused.

— Sam Stites

Contract Publishing

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