Electrical and electronic equipment - Information for private households
The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) contains a large number of requirements for the handling of electrical and electronic equipment. The most important ones are listed here.
1. Separate acquisition of old devices
Electrical and electronic equipment that has become waste is referred to as old equipment. Owners of WEEE must have it collected separately from unsorted municipal waste. In particular, old appliances do not belong in household waste, but in special collection and return systems.
2. Batteries and rechargeable batteries
Owners of WEEE must normally separate spent batteries and rechargeable batteries which are not enclosed by the WEEE from a collection point before they are handed over. This does not apply if the waste equipment is handed over to public waste management authorities and separated from other waste equipment for the purpose of preparation for reuse.
3. Possibilities for the return of old equipment
Owners of WEEE from private households can hand it in at the collection points of the public disposal authorities or at the collection points set up by manufacturers or distributors within the meaning of the ElektroG. An online list of collection and return points can be found here: https://www.ear-system.de/ear-verzeichnis/sammel-und-ruecknahmestellen.jsf
4. Data protection notice
WEEE often contains 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 old devices to be disposed of.
5. Meaning of the "crossed-out dustbin" symbol
The symbol of a crossed-out dustbin regularly displayed on electrical and electronic equipment
indicates that the respective device must be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its service life.
6. Further information