Right To Repair

2021 poised to see major progress in the movement for Right to Repair

Policies that reduce waste, increase consumer choice and save families money should be a no-brainer — and fortunately, more states are beginning to see it that way.

Policies that reduce waste, increase consumer choice and save families money should be a no-brainer — and fortunately, more states are beginning to see it that way.

Thanks in large part to the advocacy of our national network and our coalition partners, 2021 is shaping up to be a big year for state legislation that guarantees consumers the right to fix their stuff. Fourteen states are considering right to repair bills this year, and the movement’s new momentum has major implications for our country’s waste crisis.

Americans throw out 416,000 cell phones per day, and only 15 to 20 percent of electronic waste is recycled. That could change if consumers were able to take their devices to the repair shop of their choice, rather than being forced to throw them away and buy new ones.

“We imagine a different kind of system, where instead of throwing things out, we reuse, salvage and rebuild,” said Nathan Proctor, director of our network’s Right to Repair campaign. “We know it works — now it’s time to win right to repair for all electronic products.”

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Photo: Our national network’s Right to Repair director, Nathan Proctor, testifies at the Federal Trade Commission’s “Nixing the Fix” workshop in July 2019. Credit: Metroid Video

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We generate way too much waste, and companies use their power in the marketplace to make things harder to repair. That adds costs to consumers and increases the amount going to landfills. We should give every consumer and every small business access to the parts, tools, and service information they need to repair products by passing Right to Repair reforms.

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