Disposal Note


Information for consumers on the disposal of old devices

In general, please note that electrical and electronic devices may not be disposed of with household waste. Old devices can be handed in free of charge at suitable collection points, where they are professionally collected, disposed of or prepared for reuse. This is necessary because some old devices contain pollutants that can harm the environment and human health. Furthermore, the raw materials contained in this way can be reused, which in turn serves to protect the environment.

Information for consumers in Germany

The return is required by law.

Return options for consumers in Germany

Owners of old devices can hand them in free of charge within the framework of the options set up and available by public waste disposal authorities for returning or collecting old devices, so that proper disposal of the old devices is ensured. In addition, returns are also possible with distributors under certain conditions (see below). You can use the following link to display an online directory of the collection and return points:
www.take-e-back.de .

dustbin Electrical devices marked with the adjacent symbol (crossed-out garbage can) must not be disposed of with household waste!

Removal of batteries and lamps

If the products contain batteries and rechargeable batteries or lamps that can be removed from the old device without destroying them, these must be removed before disposal and disposed of separately as batteries or lamps.

You can find more information on battery disposal here:

Old devices, old rechargeable batteries or batteries can be handed in free of charge at suitable collection points. These are professionally collected there or prepared for reuse. Old devices, old rechargeable batteries or batteries can contain pollutants that can harm the environment and human health. The raw materials contained can make a contribution to environmental protection by recycling them. If the battery contains lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd) or mercury (Hg), the battery is
marked accordingly.

Take-back of old devices by dealers in Germany

According to German ElektroG § 17 paragraphs 1 and 2, the following distributors are obliged to take back old devices free of charge:

1. Electrical stores with a sales area for electrical and electronic equipment of at least 400 square meters.
2. Grocery stores with a total sales area of ​​at least 800 square meters that offer electrical and electronic equipment several times a year or permanently and make it available on the market.
3. Mail order business, whereby the obligation to take back 1:1 in private households only applies to heat exchangers (refrigerators or freezers, air conditioners, display screens and large appliances, etc.).
For the 1:1 return of lamps, small devices and small IT and telecommunications devices as well as the 0:1 return, mail order companies must provide return options at a reasonable distance from the end consumer.

These distributors are obliged

1. when a new electrical or electronic device is handed over to an end user, to take back free of charge an end user’s old device of the same type of device, which essentially fulfills the same functions as the new device, at the place of handover or in the immediate vicinity and
2. at the request of the end user, to take back old devices that are no larger than 25 centimeters in any external dimension free of charge in the retail store or in the immediate vicinity; the return must not be linked to the purchase of an electrical or electronic device and is limited to three old devices per type of device.

Information obligations in Germany

We are legally obliged to provide information on the current status of the fulfillment of the quantitative targets with regard to collection and recycling rates.
This is published by the German Federal Government as follows:
https://www.bmu.de/themen/wasser-RESOURCES-Waste/Circulation Economy/Statistics/Electronics and Devices

Personal data in general

The deletion of personal data on the old devices to be disposed of must be carried out independently by the end user.

Return options for consumers in Germany

For more information, see: