Environment Waste Management E-Waste Management

Our 'broken relationship' with electronics and e-waste

E-Waste Management

Summary

The director of U.S. PIRG's Right to Repair campaign discusses the societal implications of planned obsolescence and the repercussions of e-waste.

Perspectives and insights

  • Massachusetts voters approved the auto Right to Repair Initiative by a vote of 86% to 14%. Soon after that, the manufacturers came to the table and made an agreement with independent auto mechanics for a national Right to Repair for cars.
  • Consumers too need diagnostic software that can tell you what's wrong with the physical components on the device - something manufacturers make available to their own technicians.
  • Reuse is so much more valuable than even the best recycling programs.