Right To Repair

49 environmental organizations sign letter in support of Right to Repair

Non-profits and advocacy groups dedicated to protecting our ocean, reducing waste and fighting climate change have signed on to support Senator Eggman's SB 244, the Right to Repair Act

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Logos of groups supporting the Right to Repair

If consumers can fix their products and keep them in use for longer, we can reduce toxic electronic waste. That’s why many environmentally-focused organizations support SB 244, the Right to Repair Act. You can read their letter below:

Dear Chair Portantino,

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in strong support of SB 244 (Senator Eggman), which provides Californians the resources they need to fix electronics and appliances, keeping electronic waste off the scrap heap.

Owners of electronics and independent repair shops too often don’t have access to repair guides or the tools and parts that are essential to extending the life of consumer electronics. When only the manufacturer or their “authorized technician” can fix something, they can charge whatever they want or they can say “it can’t be fixed.” This pushes consumers into buying new devices, leading to more waste.

Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream on the planet—up 21% from 2015–2020—and our ability to process waste is not keeping up. It is estimated that Californians throw away 46,900 cell phones every day and discard 1.1 million tons of toxic electronic waste each year. E-waste accounts for 70% of heavy metals in our waste stream, including lead, mercury, and cadmium. When these metals leach into groundwater, they can accumulate in fish and other aquatic life, with devastating effects on human health, from kidney disease to diabetes to cancer.

Recycling e-waste is certainly better for the environment, but electronics recycling is rare and incomplete. Of the 50 million tons of e-waste produced annually, less than 20% is recycled. Even when e-waste makes it to a formal recycling facility, much of it can’t be recovered. Smelters are only able to recover about one sixth of the metals inside. Those metals aren’t fully recovered, either—recovery rates for cobalt are about 30%. Nearly 20% of e-waste is made up of plastic, and little of that can be recycled.

Our best chance at reducing the damaging effects of electronics manufacturing on the environment is to keep our stuff around longer, slowing consumption. Electronics manufacturing creates a huge amount of waste, far more than consumers throw out. The production of devices like smartphones is so energy intensive that if we held onto phones one more year on average, the national emissions reductions would be equivalent to taking 636,000 cars off the road.

Appliances face many of the same issues. Producing a household appliances may require up to 100 times its weight in resources to produce, and mining and processing those resources “account for between 25% and 50% of all greenhouse gasses emitted during the life cycle of a household appliance,” according to a 2022 investigation into the consequences of appliance manufacturing by Canadian environmental research group Équiterre. Extending the lifespan of a washing machine by six years reduces its overall environmental impact by 46%.

Many discarded devices could be used again, but simple repairs are impossible without the proper tools and information.

SB 244 will slow the creation of waste by giving consumers and independent repair shops access to the tools, parts, service information they need to keep more products in use and out of the trash. With more repair, more electronic materials will remain in use instead of filling up landfills; be more useful for recyclers; and reduce the burden of mining for new source material, manufacturing, and transportation of new devices.

SB 244 will also save consumers money by bringing more competition and choice to the repair marketplace, and creating greater availability of affordable used devices. Many people can’t afford the latest gadgets, but if we extended the life of tablets, laptops and other electronics, it would allow more consumers more access to these important technologies. Research from CALPIRG finds that repair can save California households about $4.3 billion per year.

Finally, SB 244 will provide more opportunities for small businesses. Repair work is typically done by small local businesses, and more repair means more opportunities for those businesses to grow or new businesses to start.

Improved access to repair is good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for small businesses.

We strongly urge you to vote AYE on SB 244.


Nick Lapis
Director of Advocacy
Californians Against Waste

Jenn Engstrom
State Director
CALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group)

Melissa Romero
Senior Legislative Manager
California Environmental Voters

Jordan Wells
Director of Advocacy and Communications
National Stewardship Action Council

Doug Kobold
Executive Director
California Product Stewardship Council

Bill Allayaud
California Director of Government Affairs
Environmental Working Group

Andria Ventura
Legislative and Policy Director
Clean Water Action

Laura Deehan
State Director
Environment California

Darby Hoover
Senior Resource Specialist

Sakereh Carter
Senior Policy Advocate
Sierra Club CA

Jessica Robinson
Northern California Recycling Association

Felipe Melchor
General Manager
ReGen Monterey

Vita Wells
The Culture of Repair Project

John Davis
Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling Authority

Alex Choy
Campaign Organizer
The Story of Stuff Project

Miho Ligare
Plastic Pollution Policy Manager
Surfrider Foundation

Nicole Tai
Reuse Alliance

Christienne de Tournay Birkhahn
City of Berkeley Zero Waste Commission

Patrick Mathews
General Manager/CAO
Salinas Valley Recycles

Ashleigh Dawson

Alejandra Warren
Executive Director
Plastic Free Future

Erica Donnelly-Greenan
Executive Director
Save Our Shores

Dianna Cohen
Co-Founder and CEO
Plastic Pollution Coalition

Jackie Nuñez
The Last Plastic Straw

Christopher Chin
Executive Director
The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education (COARE)

Alison Waliszewski
Policy Director
The 5 Gyres Institute

Leslie Mintz Tamminen
Seventh Generation Advisors

Emily Parker
Coastal and Marine Scientist
Heal the Bay

Mati Waiya
Executive Director
Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation

Julie Anderson
Global Executive Director
Plastic Ocean International

Ruth Abbe
Zero Waste USA

Torri J Estrada
Carbon Cycle Institute
Executive Director

Peter Mui
Fixit Clinic

Maia Coladonato
Repair Cafe Palo Alto/Mountain View

Lisette van Vliet
Senior Policy Manager
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

LeVonne Stone
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Fort Ord Environmental Justice Network

Charlie Moore
Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research

Jim Lindburg
Legislative Consultant
Friends Committee on Legislation of California

Stephanie Regni
Zero waste store owner

Cheryl Auger
BAN SUP (Single-Use Plastics)

Kristie Sepulveda-Burchit
Executive Director
Educate. Advocate.

Pauline M Seales
Santa Cruz Climate Action Network

Janet Cox
Climate Action California

David Diaz
Executive Director
Active San Gabriel Valley

Oluwatosin Folorunso
Sustainability Coordinator
Associated Students, California State University Northridge Inc.

Alan Weiner
Chapter Lead
350 Conejo / San Fernando Valley

Lynda Marin
Chapter Lead
Citizens’ Climate Santa Cruz

Andy Hattala
Vice Chair
The Climate Reality Project: Los Angeles Chapter

Victoria Charles
Santa Monica Community College

Kathryn Hyde
Hyde Consulting

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