The repair bonus has already been claimed 525,000 times since its introduction just under a year ago, in April 2022. There are currently 3,469 businesses participating in the support program. Due to the high demand, 50 million euros more funds will be made available this year, the Ministry of Climate and Energy announced.
By repairing appliances, e-waste is to be avoided – so far, this is an estimated 2,600 tons, according to the ministry.
How does the repair bonus work?
Each repair voucher covers 50 percent of the repair costs and is worth 200 euros. It can be accessed at www.reparaturbonus.at.
One voucher can be applied per electrical appliance, which can be used for a repair and a cost estimate. Once this voucher has been redeemed, a new coupon can be applied to repair another electrical or electronic appliance.
Around €130 million is available for the repair voucher until 2026, which comes from the EU Construction and Resilience Fund.
Broken smartphones and cell phones
Smartphones and cell phones have been repaired most frequently, with over 225,000 repairs. Dishwashers (almost 45,000), washing machines (around 42,000), coffee machines (41,000) and laptops (23,000) have also been repaired frequently.
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