This week brings us the first ever London Repair Week and WRWA would like to let residents of Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Kensington and Chelsea know about a fantastic refurbish and reuse project called Rework, which is based at the Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Residents can donate to Rework by delivering unwanted domestic appliances that are in a good cosmetic condition to the Reuse Area (Bay B) at the Centre. Even if the appliances do not work, you can still donate them as there is an on-site workshop and it may be possible to get them working again.

Groundwork London, an environmental regeneration charity, manage the project, one of the busiest and best equipped domestic appliance repair workshops in the country. In 2019, Groundwork trainees refurbished nearly 7,000 electrical items in the on-site workshop, including washing machines, fridges, cookers, microwaves and other household electrical goods. These appliances would have been broken down to be recycled or sent to an Energy from Waste facility but instead are returned to full working order and given a second life. This has a significant carbon saving as well as the obvious reduction in waste.

Once refurbished, items are passed to charity retailers and social enterprises who sell them at affordable prices. Rework also sell spares and parts from donated items that cannot be repaired in an online shop.

As well as the environmental benefits, the project also has social benefits as the paid workshop trainees have all been on out of work for some time. They are employed as apprentices in electrical engineering and maintenance, which helps them to gain the experience and the skills necessary to embark on a new career.

“I’ve been working at REWORK now nearly two months and have had different roles with the workplace, from helping the engineers re-assemble and repair broken appliances to cleaning and preparing appliances for dispatch. From here, I hope to take my new skills onto my next job.”

Joseph, Trainee

Rework also accept:

  • Home furniture (e.g. bed frames, sofas (with fire certificate), tables, chairs, cupboards and drawers)
  • Bicycles
  • Sports Equipment
  • Bric-a-Brac
  • Toys
  • Tools

However, these will not be repaired so should only be donated if they are in a good condition.