Notes according to the ElektroG and BattG
Separate Collection of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Electrical and electronic devices that have become waste are referred to as WEEE. Owners of WEEE must dispose of it separately from unsorted municipal waste. In particular, WEEE does not belong in household waste, but in special collection and return systems.
Batteries and Rechargeable Batteries
As a rule, owners of WEEE shall separate spent batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed in the WEEE from the latter before handing them over at a collection point. This does not apply if the WEEE is handed over to public waste management authorities and separated from other WEEE there for the purpose of preparation for re-use.
Options for Returning WEEE
Owners of WEEE from private households can hand it in at the collection points of the public waste management authorities or at the take-back points set up by manufacturers or distributors as defined by the ElektroG. An online directory of collection and take-back points can be found here.
Tips for Waste Prevention
According to the provisions of Directive 2008/98/EU concerning waste and its implementation in the legislation of the Member States of the European Union, waste prevention measures generally take precedence over waste management measures. In the case of electrical and electronic equipment, waste prevention measures include, in particular, prolonging the service life of defective equipment by repairing it and disposing of used equipment in good working order instead of sending it for disposal. Further information can be found in the Waste Prevention Programme - of the German Government with the Involvement of the Federal Länder.
Data protection information
Used devices often contain sensitive personal data. This applies in particular to information and telecommunications technology devices such as computers and smartphones. In your own interest, please note that each end user is responsible for deleting the data on the end-of-life devices to be disposed of.
Meaning of the "Crossed-Out Dustbin" Symbol
The symbol of a crossed-out dustbin regularly depicted on electrical and electronic equipment indicates that the respective device is to be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its service life.
Information according to battery law
As batteries and accumulators may be contained in our consignments, we are obliged under the Battery Directive (BattG) to inform you of the following: Batteries and accumulators must not be disposed of in household waste, but you are legally obliged to return used batteries and accumulators. Used batteries may contain harmful substances that can damage the environment or your health if not stored or disposed of properly. However, batteries also contain important raw materials such as iron, zinc, manganese or nickel and can be recycled. You can either return the batteries to us after use or return them free of charge in the immediate vicinity (e.g. to retailers or municipal collection points or to our dispatch warehouse).
The distribution at points of sale shall be limited to quantities customary for end-users and to those spent batteries which the distributor carries or has carried as new batteries in its product range.
The symbol with the crossed-out dustbin means that batteries and accumulators must not be disposed of with household waste. Under this symbol you will also find the following symbols with the following meaning:
Pb: Battery contains lead
Cd: Battery contains cadmium
Hg: Battery contains mercury