The Right to Repair movement has taken the world by storm, especially in the last few years, in their quest to get companies to change their repair policies. Many tech giants have been under pressure to make changes to their repair policies, and several have already made announcements, including Apple who announced a self-repair program for their devices last year. The most recent to address repair issues is Google. In a technology driven era, Google is working on a self-repair program guide to make repairing Chromebooks easier for schools.
With help from IT teams with repair programs already in place, the new repair guide aims to provide more information such as which devices they can repair and how. The guide will provide information on how to find the right tools and replacement parts, provide training, and provide system update access.
Google stated in a blog post that, “50 million students and teachers use Chromebooks made by manufacturing partners. With such a large community of Chromebook users, we want to work with our partners to build towards a more sustainable device ecosystem – starting by helping schools find information about repairable devices.” Schools will be able to set up repair programs using the company’s “playbook”, which could include students working on devices as an elective.
Vice president of customer service at Acer Pan America, James Vick believes Google is teaching the students skills that can help them pursue careers in the IT field by supporting student-involved repair programs. Encouraging repair programs also helps reduce the amount of new devices purchased every year. Large amounts of raw material are used when new devices are manufactured, and repair programs help consumers prolong the life of their electronics instead of discarding them before they reach the end of their lifecycle.
When electronics are not properly disposed of they often end up in landfills and incinerators, which can be harmful to surroundings residents, as well as the environment. ITAD enterprises like HOBI International collect retired IT assets such as tablets, computers, phones and Chromebooks, and ensure that they are recycled or repaired and refurbished for resale.
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