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Recyclers Assert Their Right To Repair

If you have been following this blog for some time, you will know that we are passionate about the right to repair.

Well, now it looks as if it is not only repair merchants and ardent amateurs who have been getting hot under the collar about industry’s willful attempts to stop people – customers and repair shops alike – from repairing their own devices.

Because the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, which operates across the States and thirty four other, separate countries world wide have come out with a new policy regarding the repair and re-use of electronic goods.

And this could not come a moment too soon, as far as we are concerned.

Because it seems that, somehow, some manufacturers think that they retain the ownership rights to their products even after they have sold them to their customers. At least, that is the way it feels to us, as repair merchants.

As you might already know, if you have ever attempted to fix anything for yourself, the manufacturers will pretty much leave you out in the cold.

Manufacturers who will actually help you mend your broken item are, sadly, pretty few and far between. In fact, some of them go further in their quest to dissuade the general public – and repair centers – from taking their repair in their own hands.

They make it difficult and sometimes, downright hazardous to do so.

From half-assed repair manuals to a complete information black out on the types of materials used in the phone, it is fair to say that manufacturers are not on the whole a very helpful bunch when it comes to the issue of repair.

For example, the practice of not sharing information about hazardous materials is one that can directly affect recyclers and re-users. People dissembling these products will simply not know if the battery pack is liable to explode if it is pierced.

Now, it seems as if the recycling industry is beginning to bite back.

ISRI is putting forward a new policy, aimed at changing the way manufacturers treat them.

Their policy calls for the Right To Reuse.

This outlines the demands that products which are being re-used or recycled should not be deemed or treated as waste products.

It also articulates the demand that recyclers should have the legitimate right to be able to re-use and re design any items which they have purchased and they own, in any way that they see fit. This includes remarketing them for re-sale.


That recyclers and re-users should be able to get around any digital locks on a device, that may prevent them from re-using that item.

And lastly, and a point that should be applauded by anyone who has ever tried to repair an item, without adequate support knowledge; a demand that recyclers should be given access to any necessary information or support manuals, to help them complete their repair.

The demand that manufacturers should share with recyclers and re-users (which extends to all of us as repairers) the details of any hazardous substances or materials used in the assembly of their goods, cannot come soon enough as far as we are concerned.

Nobody should be put at risk -whether the general public or professional recyclers – by a company that has glued down an explosive battery onto a device, meaning separating it from its connecting parts is extremely hazardous.

As repair merchants or customers of repair centers alike, we should all be able to get behind this policy and hope that it starts to make some difference to manufacturers of electronics devices.

Until it is safe to repair for yourself, entrust us to mend your broken iPhones in Edmonton, for you.

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