New Right to Repair Rules Will Extend Lifespan of Products, Government Says
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Washing machines, TVs and fridges will be cheaper to run under a new legal right for repairs, the government says.
From Thursday, manufacturers will have to make spares available to consumers, with the aim of extending the lifespan of products by up to 10 years, it said.
The right to repair rules are designed to tackle "built-in obsolescence" where manufacturers deliberately build appliances to break down after a certain period to encourage consumers to buy new ones.
Manufacturers will now be legally obliged to make spare parts available to consumers so appliances can be fixed.
Hopefully this will reduce the amount going into landfill, however I expect most people will rather buy a new appliance rather than getting it fixed.
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