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November 21, 2023

How Apple could take a bite out of EU circular economy plans

Apple logo outside California store
Apple says that where possible it seeks to avoid practices such as part pairing, which it suggests can help protect consumer safety, security and privacy (Photo: Patrick Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

As the EU works to finalise ‘right to repair’ rules, smartphone refurbishers and environmental groups insist the legislation should ban practices used by Apple and other leading companies that can make it harder for products to be repaired and reused

Regulators need to ban practices by smartphone and other electrical and electronic product companies that work in opposition to efforts to boost the circular economy, say repair companies and environmental groups ahead of a vote on the “right to repair” in the European parliament.

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