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EAC Alleges Technology Firms of Evading E-Waste Responsibilities

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The report noted that producers of electronic devices are found intentionally shortening the life span of their products and making any repairs nearly impossible.

EAC Alleges Technology Firms of Evading E-Waste Responsibilities

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The investigation by the UK Environment Audit Committee (EAC) has alleged that technology companies like Amazon and Apple are evading of their e-waste responsibilities.

The report noted that producers of electronic devices are found intentionally shortening the life span of their products and making any repairs nearly impossible. The customers could not take components out for repairs. Furthermore, these companies keep the repairing charges high, so that it becomes more economical to replace the item completely that repairing their parts.

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The online sales by vendors have skyrocketed during this year, especially due to the pandemic spread. The EAC urged that online marketplaces should collect products and pay for their recycling, so as to create a level-playing field with physical retailers.

The MPs highlighted the importance of fruitful implementation of the ‘right-to-repair’ law. They also called upon the government to reduce VAT on repairs and maintenance of electronic and electrical products. In addition, the government should set up ambitious long-term targets for dealing with electronic waste.

Incidentally, UK creates huge amounts of e-waste. It is the second highest e-waste producer after Norway. Moreover, it is one of the largest exporters of electronic waste in the world.

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