"Companies that sell consumer electronics such as refrigerators, washers,
hairdryers, or TVs in the European Union - and in the UK - will need to ensure
those goods can be repaired for up to 10 years.
The change comes as a result of legislation from the European Parliament, which
recently voted in favour of establishing stronger “right to repair” rules.
These rules should help reduce electrical waste, which has been increasing due
to greater manufacturing.
While the UK has left the European Union, the UK’s manufacturing standards will
necessarily have to match those of the 27 nation bloc, in order for any trade
to continue. The rule comes into effect today.
"This is a really big step in the right direction" said Daniel Affelt of the
environmental group BUND-Berlin, which runs several "repair cafes" where people
can bring in their broken appliances and get help fixing them up again."
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