DRTR Coalition adds Recycling and Reuse Experts to Board of Directors

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The Digital Right to Repair Coalition (DRTR) is helping reduce the growth of used electronic products sent to landfills by promoting repair and reuse of electronics. In support of this work, we have expanded our Board of Directors to include industry experts.

DRTR is pleased to announce the expansion of their Board of Directors to include Eric Harris, Associate Counsel/Director of Government Affairs at ISRI (http://www.irsi.org) , and Willie Cade, Founder of PCRR (http://www.pcrr.com). Both men bring their considerable experience with recycling and reuse of digital electronics to DRTR’s board. “We are delighted to have their help promoting legislation aimed at reducing the amount of reusable electronic products still being discarded into landfills by encouraging repair and reuse,” states Kyle Wiens, Board President of DRTR and founder of I-Fixit (http://www.ifixit.com)

“The more consumers that have access to reasonable options for repair, the fewer gadgets are thrown away prematurely,” says Willie Cade, founder and owner of PCRR, a leading provider of refurbished technology. “This will help everyone get more use out of their purchases, and enable us to reduce e-waste."

"The scope of "electronics products" has become ubiquitous in the scrap industry. We now find electronics in most of the scrap stream-from refrigerators and air conditioners to industrial equipment to automobiles. Similar to traditional electronics recyclers, the scrap industry is well aware of the inherent value of repairing and reusing these products", states Eric Harris "Repair and reuse of used electronics products has played a vital role in e-recycling companies' bottom line for years. Working to keep such used products and goods out of the landfill and into sustainable reuse and recycling streams is a no brainer."

About the Coalition: Founded in 2013 by independent repair and reuse businesses, consumers, digital rights advocates, and environmental organizations, DRTR has taken the lead in pressing for the legal Right to Repair in all venues from Congress—where we helped in passing cell phone unlocking—to the Library of Congress—where we were instrumental in filing exemptions for repair under multiple categories, covering everything from tractors to game consoles. DRTR has also been instrumental in actions in the Courts (Amicus) and in state legislation along the lines of the Automotive Right to Repair law passed in Massachusetts. We have connected tens of thousands of people to their legislators in support of the right to repair, with more to come.

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