State Right-to-Repair Legislation Gains Momentum, Motherboard Reports

Date: 29 Jan 2018 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

So far in 2018 17 states have introduced fair repair legislation as the right-to-repair movement continues to gain momentum.

The latest effort comes from Washington State as bill SHB 2279, which would ban the sale of electronics that are designed “in such a way as to prevent reasonable diagnostic or repair functions by an independent repair provider. Preventing reasonable diagnostic or repair functions includes permanently affixing a battery in a manner that makes it difficult or impossible to remove.”

The bill’s sponsor was influenced by talking to small repair shops and stemmed from the recent controversy over the issue of ‘ performance decreases’, regarding Apple’s decision to “deliberately slow down old iPhones with bad batteries.” These can be fixed by replacing the battery, but Apple’s replacement program has a weeks-long waiting list and the company has fought against third-party repair of its phones at every turn, reports Motherboard. “With Apple phones in particular, they glue the battery in the case, so for me, that sounds like a purposeful attempt to make it so you couldn’t repair the phone.”

See the full article at: Washington Bill Would Make it Illegal to Sell Electronics That Don’t Have Easily Replaceable Batteries by Jason Koebler, Motherboard Vice – January 26th, 2018. 

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.