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Anti-waste law: How is the repairability index calculated?

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Repairability index, how is it calculated by the authorities
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Refresher on the anti-waste law

The anti-waste law was created in January 2021, in order to fight against the waste of electrical and electronic products.

Because these materials are very polluting, this law encourages, for ecological and economic reasons, to have equipment repaired rather than throwing it away.

Only 36% of French people repair, versus 54% who prefer to replace their broken device.

This law protects and informs the consumer on the repairable nature of a product by setting up a repairability index. This is displayed as a score out of 10 with color coding, to indicate how repairable a device is.
  • Red = index greater than or equal to 0 and less than or equal to 1.9
  • Orange = index greater than or equal to 2 and less than or equal to 3.9
  • Yellow = index greater than or equal to 4 and less than or equal to 5.9
  • Light green = index greater than or equal to 6 and less than or equal to 7.9
  • Dark green = index greater than or equal to 8 and less than or equal to 10
Repairability index

Five product families are affected by this measure:
  1. washing machines
  2. smartphones
  3. laptops
  4. televisions
  5. electric lawn mowers
In May 2021, the French Ministry of Ecological Transition and the ADEME launched the campaign "our objects have a bright future" with the aim of encouraging consumers to favor products with a high repairability index which are easier to repair, in order to fight against planned obsolescence and overconsumption.

By 2024, the anti-waste law put in place for a circular economy will be strengthened by becoming a sustainability index. New criteria will be introduced such as the robustness or reliability of the products.

How to calculate the repairability index of a product:

This index is calculated using five very distinct criteria:
  1. Documentation: score determined in relation to the availability over time (a few years) of any technical documentation, such as a user manual, made available to consumers and repairers by the manufacturer.
  2. Disassembly: rating determined by the ease and accessibility of the disassembly of a product. The necessary tools and types of fasteners required for the disassembly are also taken into account.
  3. Availability of spare parts: score given in relation to the availability of parts over time and their delivery time.
  4. Price of spare parts: score determined by taking into account the selling price of spare parts necessary for repairs and prices of those products.
  5. Specific: score determined by sub-criteria according to the category of the product concerned.
Finally, to calculate the repairability index of a product, the final score out of 10 is the result of the addition of several criteria.

This table, set up by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, must be presented to buyers by the seller during the purchase in order to best inform them about the repairability of the device purchased.

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