Exclusive Repair Day Podcast by Repair, Don’t Waste
The 2023 Repair Day Theme is ‘Repair for Everyone’ and is aimed towards tackling the accessibility aspect of repair – many manufacturers do not want customers to repair, and many government bodies are slow to action in terms of support. At Repair, Don’t Waste we have tweaked this year’s tagline and adopted it to ‘Repair for Every Industry’ because although consumer electronics are being spotlighted today, we know there is much more that global institutions should be doing to bring attention to the amount of industrial e-waste that is being created every day, predominantly by throwing away large electronics such as robotics, rain systems, and aircraft systems.
“Over 60 million tonnes of e-waste are produced every year, a third of that amount comes from industry – from robotics, automation, defence equipment, aviation, rail transport, and renewable energy.”
In this podcast, we interviewed Willian Santos about how Repair, Don’t Waste is making repair accessible to businesses of all shapes and sizes, and dispelling common myths about industrial repair that simply are not true!
“From 200 million that the OEM quoted (for total system upgrade) to a £10,000 repair at an in-house facility – that is a huge, huge saving, not only for the environment but for the British taxpayer.”
From increasing workplace productivity to skilled job creation, industrial repair is one of the least utilised assets in the global marketplace. Our mission is to change the way that repair is perceived by not only individuals, but by businesses as whole.
“If we could have all industrial sectors embracing Repair, Don’t Waste, developing the capabilities to look after their assets, keeping them going for as long as possible by repairing them in house rather than throwing them away just because something breaks down, then we would be doing collectively a fantastic job for the environment and the economy.”
Repair, Don’t Waste needs other circular economy initiatives to thrive and spread our message around the world. By working alongside movements such as Design for Repair and Right to Repair, we believe that societies mindset towards the reuse, repair and refurbishment of electronics can and will change over time and may even be propelled by the uncertainty of our world’s future. The most sustainable piece of technology you can buy is the one you already own – and this message rings true for both consumers and industry.
We encourage people from all industries to listen to our exclusive podcast for Repair Day 2023. A huge thank you to Willian Santos for providing such insightful answers to our questions in this podcast, and we hope that this information will further contribute to the wider global sustainability discussion at hand.