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‘It’s your device, you should be able to repair it’

‘It’s your device, you should be able to repair it’

What would you do if your smartphone was damaged or stopped working? Take it to a repair shop or perhaps upgrade to a new one?

Not Suhaib. Unable to afford the repair cost he ordered a replacement screen, watched an online tutorial and fixed it himself.

“It took me around two hours. I was really nervous,” says Suhaib (he prefers to keep his surname private).

It wasn’t long before he became the person to go to at his Canadian school if you had a broken phone. “I was the guy fixing phones in class,” he says.

Suhaib and other like-minded repairers are trying to help reduce the vast amount of electronic goods discarded every year.

A record 53.6 million tonnes of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, with less than a fifth of it being recycled, according to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020.

view full story at https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56799069

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