Landfills are piling up with iPhones

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Landfills around the world are piling up with discarded cell phones, laptops, and other electronics. It's the fastest-growing waste problem—increasing at double the rate of plastic waste.1

What's worse, these devices often contain hazardous substances that poison the environment and our health when they're thrown out.2

Many of these electronics could be repaired instead of tossed and replaced—if tech giants like Apple, Google, and Samsung didn't... try to block independent repair shops and consumers from fixing our own devices.

OpenMedia is fighting for a Right to Repair law in Canada. Will you chip in to stop cell phones and tablets from piling up in landfills?

Most people know it's expensive and frustrating to replace a phone or laptop due to a minor, fixable issue. In fact, our recent polling shows that 76% of Canadians have replaced a device because of an easily repairable issue, such as a cracked screen or weak battery.

But tech companies that produce these devices are making them increasingly difficult to repair when something goes wrong—limiting access to parts, diagnostic software, and tools. That means it's often cheaper and easier to buy a new phone or computer than to pay for a simple fix.

Seventy-five percent of Canadians support Right to Repair legislation that would guarantee access to tools, parts, and diagnostic software, but the tech company lobbyists have fought these proposals.3

And this isn't just a costly and frustrating issue for consumers—it's also a major problem for the environment. The rate of “e-waste,” such as phones, laptops, and other electronic devices, is growing at an alarming rate—outpacing the growth of all other types of refuse. And only 20% of e-waste worldwide is properly recycled.4

That creates massive pileups in landfills and dangerous exposure to hazardous materials. These electronics can contain lead, cadmium, flame retardants, and more. When these substances collect in soil, water, and food, or when toxic fumes are inhaled, they pose a significant health risk.5

Giving consumers access to repair these devices instead of tossing them would save space in landfills and reduce the environmental and health hazards they create when they're thrown out.

With a new government, there's a new opportunity to push for federal Right to Repair legislation, keeping dangerous electronics out of landfills. That's why OpenMedia is advocating for the right to fix our own devices.

Federal Right to Repair legislation would be a win for consumers and the environment—but Big Tech is going to fight it every step of the way. Will you chip in to support our campaign?

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Footnotes:
[1][2] Discarded phones, computers and electronics behind world’s fastest growing waste problem: Telegraph
[3] Right to Repair Bill Killed After Big Tech Lobbying In Ontario: Motherboard
[4] Discarded phones, computers and electronics behind world’s fastest growing waste problem: Telegraph
[5] Why Apple and other tech companies are fighting to keep devices hard to repair: The Verge
[5] Children's environmental health: World Health Organization

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