boost Will be concerned in particular: coffee machines, vacuum cleaners, game consoles or televisions
A rebate of 25 euros is provided for the repair of mobile phones. — Bru-nO/Pixabay
From 10 euros for a kettle or a toaster; 45 euros for a computer: the French should benefit from mid-December of a “bonus” to have their electrical and electronic devices repaired, according to Franceinfo. This is an unprecedented boost to extend the life of equipment and reduce waste. This repair fund, provided for by the circular economy law of early 2020, will come into force on December 15, with a first series of devices concerned, followed by ;other categories of equipment to be used; from 2024.
Thirty eligible devices
Equipped with of 410 million euros for six years, its financing is assured; by manufacturers, via eco-organizations responsible for managing the end of life of devices. From mid-December, individuals will be able to visit one of the first 500 approved repairers (labeled “QualiR””), and take advantage of a flat-rate discount on their broken down drone or fume hood. Among the thirty or so types of eligible appliances: coffee maker; filter, iron iron (10 euros), vacuum cleaner, drill/screwdriver, DVD player, home cinema, musical instrument, bicycle, scooter (15 euros), game console, speaker (20 euros), wine cellar. wine, washing machine, fridge/freezer, tablet, mobile phone (25 euros), television or video projector (30 euros).
The year 2024 will open up to fryers, printers, food processors and other ovens. microwave. In 2025, mobile air conditioners, hair dryers, fans… Products under warranty (legal, commercial or via insurance) will be excluded. “This bonus responds to a logic of purchasing power, to reduce the cost of repair”,” co-organisation, Ecologic. “Anything that contributes to increasing the lifespan of products benefits the environment, avoiding reclaiming natural resources,” a “precursor device in Europe”.
insufficient by some
Today, it’s estimated 10 million the number of repairs carried out each year in France, where approximately 1.5 billion pieces of electrical and electronic equipment circulate. Objective: to increase this volume of repairs by 20%. “Any nudge that can help compensation are favourable,” underlines Alice Elfassi, legal manager of Zero Waste France, who however considers this amount “much lower than which was hoped for.” The NGO 'Friends of the Earth' has filed a an appeal for annulment of the decree creating the fund before the Council of State. The associations deplore a reduction by half; of the financial envelope, after intense discussions between the parties: the State has reduced from 20% to 10% the minimum rate of coverage for repairs.
According to the two eco-organizations, the packages should correspond to around 20% of the average repair cost. Will that be enough? convince the consumer, first motivated by the price and then by the seriousness of the repairer, according to a survey by Ademe? “The psychological threshold above which he will prefer to buy a new object is estimated. between 25 and 30%. The objective is therefore to get close to it,” said Nathalie Yserd.
“”It brings back the human”
The number of approved repairers must also be increased: 1,500 are expected at the end of the year. on the horizon of 2023, and 10,000 for 2027, with all the types represented (independent, after-sales service manufacturers, after-sales service distributors). To obtain the QualiRépar label, granté for three years, all must have filed their application to a certifying body (Bureau Veritas, SGS or AFNOR), and responded to a repository (skills, price transparency, etc.).
Among the first approved, the Chartres house which sells and repairs household appliances near Chartres. Its manager Emilie Lecuyer hopes that this bonus “will help the repair process”: “We have to stop wasting!” I prefer to make it last 5 more years. And if the customer is happy, in 5 years he will buy from me. People need to be accompanied, it brings back the human, the know-how”. And even though some devices are not unscrewable, or are molded in one piece, “brands still allow repair,” she notes. A “repairability index” is thus gradually being implemented in France on certain equipment, to help the consumer in his choice at the time of purchase.