Right To Repair

Want the right to repair your stuff? We are working to get Apple, John Deere and other companies to provide access to the information, tools and parts we need.

Colorado Gov. Signs farm right to repair law
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis sign a law granting Right to Repair to farmers.

Companies don’t make things like they used to, and that’s a big problem. Not long ago, most consumer goods and business products were easily repaired with parts that were widely available. But more and more, manufacturers of cell phones, medical devices, appliances and even tractors have implemented various legal, digital and physical barriers that prevent consumers from doing their own repairs or using independent repair shops.

The result is a massive amount of waste — in fact, electronic waste is now the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Americans purchase about 160 million new smartphones each year — a habit that takes some 23.7 million tons of raw material to satisfy. Continuing to extract, produce and consume electronics at this rate is simply not sustainable. 

We are working to pass Right to Repair laws that would require manufacturers like Apple, John Deere and Microsoft to provide consumers and independent repairers with access to the parts, physical and software tools, and information such as schematics at a fair and reasonable price. By fixing our laws, we can make it easier to fix our stuff. That’s good for us, and good for the planet.

Right to Repair is notching state wins

Right to Repair legislation has passed in Massachusetts (in 2012 and 2020), Colorado (2022 and 2023), New York, Minnesota, Maine and California. Many other states are still moving forward.

So far in 2024, there are already 6 active states:

  1. IN – SB 53 – Consumer electronics and farm equipment. 
  2. MA – S2478 – Handheld devices – carried over from 2023. Passed committee of origin, in Senate Ways & Means. 
  3. MO – HB 1618 – All electronic devices except for cars. 
  4. NH – HB1701 – Educational technology. 
  5. VT – H.81 – Farm and forestry equipment – carried over from 2023. Passed House, pending in Senate. 
  6. WA – HB 1933 – Consumer and enterprise electronics, farm equipment and power wheelchairs. 


What is Right to Repair? A short overview.



Senior Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair, PIRG

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