Small Businesses And Environmentalists In Australia Say ‘Right To Repair’ Legislation Has To Come

The ‘right to repair’ movement aims to protect people’s right to repair, reuse and recycle their electronics, covering mobile, tablets, PC repairs in Perth and any other device in any country where consumer laws apply. The people in the AU backing this movement are saying that the country needs to  put legislation in place in order to protect consumers and small businesses.

Guido Verbist, Manager of the Bowser Reuse and Repair Centre in Sydney, says that businesses operate on a model, a powerful one that they’re pushing on people, that it’s better to buy new products instead of holding on old devices. Naturally, he says, that’s creating a lot of problems, with regards to waste and pollution.

He explains that the resources that come into making electronics is being drained more than it should be, when reusing is an option. Products that are designed to not be repaired are becoming more and more commonplace, with products that are glued together being a common sight for people that handle electronics and PC repairs in Perth and across the country.

Verbist hails from Europe, specifically Belgium, where the ‘right to repair’ legislative movement is gaining a lot of ground. The BBC reported on the EU Ecodesign Directive, proposed by a collective of environment ministers, which would mandate that all manufacturers create products that are both repairable, and adhere to a higher quality of standards. Manufacturers fought back against the proposals, saying that it would be too tough to implement and would only stifle innovation.

Griffith University law expert, Leanne Wiseman says that the Ecodesign Directive would be primarily aimed at whitegoods and lights, which are particularly taxing to the environment, both in construction and disposal. She also noted that AUs were paying attention, but the Government itself hasn’t acted on the matter.

The AU, she notes, follow international trends, and the EU and the US are already far ahead of the country when it comes to making sure that goods last long, both for customers and for the environment.

Verbist says that it’s not a hard issue to deal with, as the legislation is already there, the government just needs to implement it.