On Earth Day on April 22, Minnesota had an opportunity to cut down on the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. According to a report released this year from the UN, electronic waste is the fastest-growing part of our waste stream. In Minnesota, we dispose of some 6,500 cell phones every day.
Manufacturers go out of their way to make it harder to fix what we have in order to get us to buy new devices. We can keep more devices in use and out of scrap heaps by lowering barriers to repairs via a "Right to Repair" bill. The measure would require manufacturers to make parts, service information, and repair software available.
Our representatives in St. Paul have a chance to cut waste and save Minnesotans money if they advance "Right to Repair." The more people they hear from, the more likely they will be to take action.