Electrical and electronic equipment – Information for private households

The electrical and electronic equipment law (ElektroG) contains a variety of requirements for handling electrical and electronic equipment. The most important ones are listed here.

1. Separate collection of old appliances

Electrical and electronic equipment which became waste are called electronic waste (WEEE). Owners of WEEE are required to place it in a collection separate from that for unsorted domestic waste. Electronic components do not belong in normal household waste but in special collection and return systems.

2. Batteries and storage batteries

Holders of electronic waste generally need to separate spent batteries and accumulators which are not surrounded from the electronic waste before delivering it to the registration location. This does not apply insofar as the electronic waste is returned to public sector disposal organisations and separated there for the purpose of preparation of reuse of other electronic waste.

3. Possibilities of return of old devices

Holders of electronic waste from private households can return them to the collection points operated by waste disposal companies or to the collection points from manufacturers or distributors in the sense of ElektroG. Here you can find an online directory of the collection points: https://www.ear-system.de/ear-verzeichnis/sammel-und-ruecknahmestellen.jsf

4. Data protection

Electronic waste often contains sensitive personal data. This applies in particular for IT and telecommunications equipment as computer and smartphones. Please note in your own interest that each user is responsable for the cancellation of data from the products disposed.

5. Meaning oft the symbol „crossed-out wheelie bin“

WEEE TonneThe crossed-out wheelie bin on all electrical and electronic equipment points out that the device is collected separately from unsorted domestic waste at the end of its life-cycle.

6. Further information

We are member of the return system „take-e-back“. You will find further information at www.take-e-back.de .

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