The circular economy law aims to reduce the cost of repairing mobile phones.
So that a breakdown does not necessarily mean a new purchase, the government wants to encourage consumers to repair their electronic devices. To achieve this, the bill on the fight against waste and the circular economy, announced as a priority for the new school year by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, was adopted in early February. This text provides for the establishment of financial aid for the repair of mobile phones, but also washing machines, computers and televisions.
From January 1, 2021, consumers will be able to benefit from a financial boost if they choose to repair rather than throw away their damaged device. A decree, expected this summer, should come to specify the amount of aid as well as its conditions of application. It could take the form of a “care coupon” or direct assistance to the consumer. To lower repair costs, a directory of repairers will also be launched in 2020.
The joint database is expected to “guarantee and secure repair operations,” said Ecosystem, a non-profit company specializing in waste electrical and electronic equipment. According to a survey by the Elabe Institute in September 2019, 94% of French people find it useful to have the devices repaired rather than thrown away. However, more than half give it up each year, either because of an offer of repair deemed too complicated, or because they do not deal with it.