Working Partner Update: The Repair Association

A new bill was introduced to the California Legislature, the “Electronics Right to Repair Act” (AB-2110). The bill will require that manufacturers make repair, diagnostic information, equipment, and service parts available to consumers and repair shops.

This is a long time goal of ILSR Working Partner, The Repair Association.

In arguing for the legislation, the Assembly-member Susan Talamantes Eggman, the bill’s sponsor, cites that it restores, “a practice that was taken for granted a generation ago.”

Repairing electronic devices both cuts down on material usage and stimulates local economies by diverting these valuable materials to have a second life.

Waste Dive reports that 16 states have introduced right to repair legislation. In 2018 an estimated 50 million tons will be generated worldwide; up from 45 million tons is 2016.

Read more in, “California, home to Silicon Valley, considers controversial right to repair,” published in Waste Dive on March 19th, 2018.

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth 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 and is a member of ILSR's Board of Directors.