WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
Information on WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
The following information is intended for private households that use electrical and/or electronic equipment.
Please follow these important instructions in the interest of environmentally sound disposal of old appliances
and your own safety.
1. Information on the disposal of WEEE and on the meaning of the symbol according to Annex 3 to the ElektroG
Owners of WEEE must dispose of it separately from unsorted municipal waste. WEEE may therefore not be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste and in particular does not belong in household waste. Instead, this waste equipment must be collected separately and disposed of, for example, via the local collection and return systems. Owners of WEEE shall also separate spent batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed in the WEEE, as well as lamps that can be removed from the WEEE without being destroyed, from the WEEE before handing it in at a collection point. The latter does not apply if the WEEE is separated from other WEEE in accordance with Article 14 (4), fourth sentence, or (5), second and third sentences, ElektroG within the framework of opting out by the public waste management authorities for the purpose of preparing it for reuse.
By means of the symbol according to Annex 3 to the ElektroG Act, owners can recognise the WEEE that are to be collected 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 wheeled bin and is designed as follows: see picture
2. Free take-back of WEEE by distributors
Distributors (any natural or legal person or partnership offering or making available on the market electrical or electronic equipment) are obliged towards end-users to take back WEEE free of charge as follows:
a) Return / collection in the case of purchase of a new appliance and delivery to a private household
When concluding a sales contract for a new electrical or electronic appliance, the distributor is obliged to take back free of charge a WEEE of the same type that fulfils essentially the same functions as the new appliance. If the location is a private household, the return is effected by a free collection. For this purpose, a WEEE of the same type with essentially the same functions can be handed over to the delivering transport company when the new electrical appliance is delivered.
If the new electrical appliance is sold exclusively by means of distance communication (Section 312c (2) of the German Civil Code (BGB)), the following shall apply restrictively:
• The free collection of WEEE of the same type and function is only carried out if it is a device of category 1 (heat exchangers),
2 (screens, monitors, devices with screens with a surface area of more than 100 square centimetres) and/or 4 (large devices where at least one of the external dimensions is more than 50 centimetres).
• If the WEEE is instead in categories 3, 5 and/or 6, it will not be collected free of charge and instead the following letter b) applies to the free return.
An overview of the device categories and the devices covered in each case can be found here:
b) Return of new appliance purchased and sold elsewhere / return of small electrical appliances
When concluding a purchase contract for a new electrical appliance which is not delivered to private households and when selling a new appliance of categories 3, 5 and/or 6 exclusively by means of distance communication (Section 312c (2) of the German Civil Code (BGB)) with delivery to private households, there is the possibility to return a WEEE of the same type which essentially fulfils the same functions as the new electrical appliance to the distributor free of charge.
The same possibility exists independently of the purchase of a new electrical appliance also for WEEE, which are not larger than 25 centimeters in any external dimension. In this case, the possibility for the end user to return the equipment to the distributor is limited to 3 of WEEE per type of equipment. In the case of distribution exclusively using means of distance communication (§ 312c para. 2 BGB),
the return under the above conditions
• of WEEE of categories 3, 5 and/or 6
• of WEEE which are not larger than 25 centimetres in any external dimension,
by providing suitable return facilities within a reasonable distance from the relevant end user. Otherwise, the return shall take place at the place of delivery or in the immediate vicinity thereof. Distributors must have set up appropriate return facilities for this purpose.
3. Information on the possibilities for returning WEEE
Owners of WEEE can hand them in within the framework of the possibilities for the return or collection of WEEE set up and available by public waste management authorities, so that the proper disposal of the WEEE is ensured. If necessary, it is also possible to hand in electrical appliances there for the purpose of reusing the equipment. You can obtain more detailed information from the respective collection or return point. Under the following link it is possible to view an online directory of collection and recovery points:
4. Note on data protection
Some of the WEEE 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 WEEE must take responsibility for the deletion of personal data on the WEEE to be disposed of.
5. Reference to our WEEE registration number
We are registered with the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register, Nordostpark 72 in 90411 Nuremberg, Germany, as a manufacturer of electrical and/or electronic equipment under the following registration number (WEEE-Reg.-Nr. DE): DE98894206