Information on WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
The following information is aimed at private households that use electrical and / or electronic equipment. Please observe this important information in the interests of environmentally friendly disposal of old devices and for your own safety.
1. Notes on the disposal of (old) electrical devices and the meaning of the symbol in Appendix 3 of the ElektroG:
Owners of old devices must collect them separately from unsorted municipal waste. Waste electrical and electronic equipment must therefore not be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste and, in particular, does not belong in the household waste. Rather, these old devices are to be collected separately and disposed of via the local collection and return systems.
Owners of old devices must also separate old batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed by the old device, as well as lamps that can be removed from the old device in a non-destructive manner, before handing them over to a collection point. The latter does not apply if the old devices are separated from other old devices in accordance with Section 14 Paragraph 4 Clause 4 or Paragraph 5 Clause 2 and 3 ElektroG within the scope of the option by the public waste disposal authorities for the purpose of preparing them for reuse in order to prepare them for reuse .
Using the symbol according to Appendix 3 of the ElektroG, owners can identify old devices that have to be recorded separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of their service life. The symbol for the separate collection of electrical and electronic equipment represents a crossed-out wheelie bin and is designed as follows:
2. Notes on the possibility of returning old devices for end users:
End users as owners of old devices have the following return options:
a) Return / pick-up when buying a new device and delivering it to a private household
When you conclude a purchase contract with us for a new electrical or electronic device, you have the option of returning an old device of the same type, which essentially fulfills the same functions as the new device, free of charge.
If the place of delivery is your private household, it will be returned by a free pick-up. For this purpose, when the new device is delivered, you can hand over an old device of the same device type with essentially the same functions to the delivering transport company.
If the new device is sold exclusively using means of distance communication (Section 312c (2) of the German Civil Code BGB), the following applies with restrictions:
- An old device of the same type and function can only be picked up free of charge if it is a device of category 1 (heat exchanger), 2 (screens, monitors, devices with screens with a surface area of more than 100 square centimeters) and / or 4 ( Large devices, where at least one of the external dimensions is more than 50 centimeters).
- If it is an old device of category 3, 5 and / or 6 instead, there is no free pick-up and instead the following letter b) applies to the free return
An overview of the device categories and the devices recorded can be found here: https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/elektrog_2015/anlage_1.html
b) Return when buying a new device and handing it in elsewhere / return of small devices
When concluding a purchase contract with us for a new electrical device that is not delivered to the private household, and when selling a new device of categories 3, 5 and / or 6 exclusively using means of distance communication (§ 312c Paragraph 2 of the German Civil Code BGB) with delivery to private households have the option of returning an old device of the same type, which essentially fulfills the same functions as the new device, free of charge.
Regardless of whether you buy a new electrical or electronic device, the same option is also available for old devices that are not larger than 25 centimeters in any external dimension. In this case, the return option by the end user is limited to 3 old devices per device type.
When selling exclusively using means of distance communication (§ 312c Paragraph 2 of the the German Civil Code BGB), the return takes place under the above-mentioned conditions
- of old devices of categories 3, 5 and / or 6
- of old devices that are not larger than 25 centimeters in any external dimension,
through suitable return options at a reasonable distance from the respective end user.
Otherwise, the return takes place at the place of delivery or in the immediate vicinity.
We have created the following return options to meet our obligations:
c) Other return options
Owners of old devices from private households can also hand them in at the collection points run by public waste disposal authorities or at the collection points set up by manufacturers or distributors within the meaning of the ElektroG. An online directory of the collection and return points can be found here: https://www.ear-system.de/ear-verzeichnis/sammel-und-ruecknahmestellen.jsf
3. Note on data protection
Some of the old devices to be disposed of contain sensitive personal data (e.g. on a PC or smartphone) that must not fall into the hands of third parties.
We expressly point out that end users of old devices are responsible for deleting personal data on the old devices to be disposed of.