The Big Fix

The Big Fix

The Big Fix is a repair campaign introduced by Recycle Devon to counteract throwaway culture. The Big Fix started in 2019 and encouraged residents to make use of their local repair café.

In 2023 the campaign saw a total of 83 repair cafés get involved and successfully fix 2,761 broken items nationally.

Here in West Sussex, we want to support reuse and repair as much as we can. With West Sussex’s amazing network of volunteer run repair cafés, we’re in good hands.

What is a repair café?

A repair café is a free meeting place where people can bring things to be repaired by volunteers in their local community. This can include things such as:

  • clothes
  • furniture
  • electricals
  • bikes
  • clocks
  • lights
  • ceramics
  • toys.

There are over 2,000 repair cafés worldwide, with the majority found in Europe. Their aims are often to waste less, share skills and create a more sustainable society.

West Sussex is home to over 20 repair cafés. To find your nearest café and their contact information, please visit our community climate action map.

Repairing at home

For information on repairing household items such as clothes, appliances, electronics, phones and tablets, visit the I Fix It web page.

Volunteering at a repair café?

Most repair cafés are always looking for an extra pair of hands. Whether that be to help fix or make cups of tea!

If you want to get involved, why not contact your local repair café and see how you can help. A list of repair cafés and their locations can be found on our Community climate action map.

If you’re interested in starting a repair café you can find guidance on the Community Repair Networks website.

If you volunteer at a repair café or are interested in getting involved, check out our forum and join the discussion.

More ways to reduce your waste


Donating your pre-loved items is a great way to reduce your waste and allows someone else the opportunity to make use of these items. In West Sussex we have lots of great charity shops who would be willing to take old good quality clothes, furniture and-bric a-brac off your hands.

Buying second hand is another great way to save good quality items from going to waste. Make use of resources such as your local charity shop, Vinted, eBay and Facebook Marketplace - buying second hand is cheaper too!


Did you know you can hire furniture, clothes and toys online? Alongside freeing up space in your house, hiring lets you be adventurous and try new styles, all for a fraction of the cost.

Why not give it a go and get good quality pieces flexibly through online services such as Fat Llama and Whirli.

For more information on reducing waste in West Sussex visit our waste prevention web page.