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Anti-waste law Reparability index where do we stand?
The anti-waste law, in place since January 1, 2021, codifies the repairable nature of a product by noting various criteria already mentioned in a previous news item.
Gradually, other categories of equipment, both electrical and electronic, will be affected by this measure starting on January 24, 2024.
All this in order to encourage consumers to repair their devices, such as:
- Washing machines
- Lawn mowers
In stores and on internet sites, a score out of 10 will be displayed on the product sheet or on the packaging to inform consumers about:
- the repairability of the item (the maximum score of 10 out of 10 being easily repairable and on the contrary a score of 1 out of 10 means the item is not repairable.)
This law is to avoid overconsumption and planned obsolescence of devices.
Each product will be clearly labeled with this score as well as the availability of spare parts.
The repairer has an obligation to offer spare parts from the circular economy.
That is, recycled or used parts (at very attractive prices.)
In order to limit waste and thus optimize the reuse of objects.
Checks will be carried out by the General Directorate for Consumption, Competition and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) in order to verify that the display of the repairability index is applied and that the overall score is in agreement with the different codified scoring criteria.
The greatest benefit of this measure is compelling the big brands to manufacture better quality products with a high repairability index.
Providing consumers with repairable products with a longer lifespan.
Resulting in fewer repairs carried out by the individual consumers.
The major challenge for companies is the management of waste from electronic or electrical devices.
The producers of this waste must set up an individually approved system or join an approved eco-body.
All this with the aim of preserving as much of the natural resources necessary for their production as possible and in so doing avoid as much waste as possible.