Basic awareness of responsible electronic reuse and repair is limited at the best of times, but especially so in rural areas where awareness of, and access to, responsible electronics repair and reuse facilities are extremely limited. More often they are non-existent.
Added to this problem are linear consumption habits and concerns about the safety of repairs and the security of personal data that often prevents the recycling or reuse of old devices.
Increasing length of ownership is key to reducing carbon and the project will play an important role by coordinating, facilitating and raising awareness of responsible electrical repair and reuse with key community groups.
By connecting communities and raising the standard and visibility of the activities across the region, it will give residents the confidence and ability to embrace a more circular model of electronics consumption.
Not only will it raise the standard and visibility of electronics repair and reuse activities across the region, and increase circularity by diverting EEE back into the community to address digital poverty, the Somerset Repair Bus will also create and share a blueprint of best practices, so other regions join the journey too.