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Schuyler County launches repair cafes to foster sustainability and community

The Village of Montour Falls and the Town of Hector are introducing an eco-friendly initiative to Schuyler County with the launch of two Repair Cafes this spring. Aimed at reducing waste and promoting sustainability, the first event is scheduled for April 20 at the Montour Falls Fire Department, with a subsequent cafe planned in Hector for June. These events encourage local residents to bring broken items for repair instead of discarding them, covering a wide range of products from electronics to textiles, and are driven by volunteer repair coaches.


Focused on the preservation of repair skills and the promotion of a circular economy, the Repair Cafes represent a collaborative effort between the two communities’ Sustainability Committees. Both Montour Falls and Hector, recognized as Bronze Certified Communities in the Climate Smart Communities program, see these cafes as steps towards higher sustainability certifications and stronger community ties. The initiative also aligns with state-supported sustainability programs, potentially paving the way for similar activities across the Finger Lakes region.

The Repair Cafe events underscore a broader commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement. By offering repair services free of charge, they not only prevent waste but also foster a sense of camaraderie among residents. Volunteers, including those skilled in various repairs and others willing to help with event logistics, are essential to the success of these cafes, highlighting the community’s collective effort towards a sustainable future.