The following information is intended for private households that use electrical and/or electronic equipment. Please observe these important instructions for the environmentally-friendly disposal of old appliances and your own safety.
1. Information on the disposal of (waste) electrical and electronic equipment and on the meaning of the symbol in Annex 3 of the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG)
Owners of waste electrical and electronic equipment must dispose of it separately from unsorted municipal waste. Therefore, waste electrical and electronic equipment must not be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste and, in particular, should not form part of household waste. Instead, waste equipment is to be collected separately and disposed of, for example, via local collection and return systems.
Before disposing of waste equipment at a collection point, owners must also separate waste batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed in the waste equipment, as well as lamps that can be removed from the waste equipment without destroying them.
This does not apply if the waste equipment is separated from other waste equipment in accordance with Section 14 (4) sentence 4, or (5) sentences 2 and 3 of the ElektroG as part of the opt-out procedure by the public waste management authorities for the purpose of preparing it for reuse.
The symbol in Annex 3 of the ElektroG allows owners to recognise waste equipment that should be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its service life. The symbol for separate collection of electrical and electronic equipment is a crossed-out wheelie bin, as shown above (crossed waste bin).
2. Free takeback of waste equipment by distributors
Distributors (any natural or legal person or partnership offering or making available on the market electrical and electronic equipment) with a sales area for electrical and electronic equipment of at least 400 square metres (or with a storage and dispatch area for electrical and electronic equipment of at least 400 square metres in the case of distance sales) and distributors of foodstuffs with a total sales area of at least 800 square metres (or with a total storage and dispatch area of at least 800 square metres in the case of distance sales) who offer and make available on the market electrical and electronic equipment several times per calendar year or permanently are obliged to take back waste electrical equipment free of charge from end-users as follows:
a) Return/collection when a new appliance is purchased and delivered to a private household
When concluding a sale for a new electrical or electronic appliance, the distributor is obliged to take back free of charge an old appliance of the same type that fulfils essentially the same functions as the new appliance.
If the place is a private household, takeback is via free collection. To this end, the old appliance of the same type with essentially the same functions may be handed over to the delivery company when the new appliance is delivered.
If the new appliance is sold exclusively by means of distance communication (as defined by Section 312c (2) of the German Civil Code [BGB]), the following restriction applies:
Free collection of an old appliance of the same type and function is only provided if it is a category 1 (heat exchangers), category 2 (screens, monitors, appliances with screens with a surface area of more than 100 square centimetres) and/or category 4 appliance (large appliances where at least one of the external dimensions is more than 50 centimetres).
Old appliances in categories 3, 5 and/or 6 are not eligible for free collection and return is provided as per b) below.
An overview of the device categories and the devices covered in each case can be found here: https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/elektrog_2015/anlage_1.html
b) Return in the case of purchase of a new appliance and disposal elsewhere/return of small appliances
When concluding a sale for a new electrical appliance that is not delivered to a private household and when selling a new appliance of categories 3, 5 and/or 6 exclusively by means of distance communication (as defined by Section 312c (2) BGB) with delivery to a private household, there is the option to return to the distributor free of charge an old appliance of the same type that essentially fulfils the same functions as the new appliance.
The same option is also available for old appliances not larger than 25 centimetres in any external dimension, whether or not a new electrical or electronic appliance has been purchased. In this case, the end user can only return to the distributor three old appliances per type of appliance.
For sales exclusively by means of distance communication (as defined by Section 312c (2) BGB), the return shall be made under the conditions set out above
• of old appliances of categories 3, 5 and/or 6
• of old appliances that are not larger than 25 centimetres in any external dimension,
• through suitable return options within a reasonable distance from the end user.
Otherwise, the return shall take place at the point of delivery or in the immediate vicinity. Distributors must have arranged suitable return options for this purpose.
3. Information on the options for returning waste equipment
Return options for old electrical appliances!
Burda Worldwide Technologies GmbH
Interzero Circular Solutions Germany GmbH
Stollwerckstr. 9 a
Owners of waste equipment can dispose of it using the return or collection facilities for waste equipment established and provided by public waste management authorities to ensure the proper disposal of waste equipment. Where applicable, electrical and electronic equipment may also be disposed of there for reuse. For more information, please contact the respective collection or return point.
4. A note on data protection
Some waste equipment for disposal (for example, PCs or smartphones) may contain sensitive personal data that should not come into the possession of third parties. We would like to specifically draw your attention to the fact that end users of waste equipment must take responsibility for deleting personal data from the waste equipment before disposal.
5. A note on our Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) registration number
We are registered as a manufacturer of electrical and/or electronic equipment with the stiftung ear foundation under the following registration number (DE WEEE Reg. No.): DE 50492100.