Separate collection of end-of-life devices
Electrical and electronic devices that are to be disposed of are called end-of-life devices. Owners of end-of-life devices must dispose of them separately from so-called unsorted municipal waste (i.e. waste from private households and similar facilities). In particular, end-of-life devices may not be disposed of the household waste bin, they must be disposed of in special collection and return systems.
Batteries, rechargeable batteries and lamps
If the products contain batteries, rechargeable batteries or lamps that can be removed from the end-of-life device without causing any damage, they need to be removed before disposal and disposed of separately as batteries or lamps. This does not apply if end-of-life devices are sent for preparation for recycling by a public waste management organisation.
Take-back obligation and options for returning end-of-life devices
We are obliged to take back end-of-life devices through adequate facilities within a reasonable radius of the final consumera) free of charge after the sale of a new equivalent device that primarily has the same functions (so-called 1:1 return) at the place of transfer or close by, or
b) at the request of the end user for end-of-life devices that have no outer dimensions that exceed 25 cm, free of charge in our retail stores or very close by, without this return being linked to the purchase of an electrical or electronic device (so-called 0:1 return); however, in this case, the return process is limited to three end-of-life devices per device type, or
c) free of charge by collection during delivery of devices of the categories 1, 2 or 4 acc. to § 2 Par. 1 ElektroG ('heat exchangers', 'video display units' or 'large appliances' with at least one outer dimension that exceeds 50 centimetres) at the request of the customer and for private households.
Owners of end-of-life devices can return them free of charge to public waste management facilities or to return points provided by manufacturers or distributors within the meaning of the ElektroG.
We offer you free return via our partner take-e-back. You can find your closest return point at: www.take-e-back.de.
Meaning of the symbol 'crossed-out wheeled bin'
The crossed-out wheeled bin that is regularly displayed on electrical and electronic devices indicates that you have a duty to dispose of the devices separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its life. It is prohibited to dispose of these products via the household waste system or in the residual waste bin.
Data protection information / responsibility for the deletion of data
End-of-life devices often contain sensitive personal data, in particular IT devices like computers and smartphones. In your own interest, please note that every end user is responsible for deleting the data on the end-of-life device that is being disposed of.
WEEE Registration number
We are registered in the stiftung elektro-altgeräte register, Nordostpark 72, 90411 Nürnberg as a manufacturer of electrical and electronic devices. Our registration number is DE55335347.
Note about waste avoidance
According to the regulations of the Directive 2008/98/EU about waste and their implementation into the legislation of the Member States of the European Union, waste avoidance measures always take precedence over waste management measures. Special waste avoidance measures for electrical or electronic devices include prolonging the service life by repairing faulty devices and selling functional used devices instead of sending them for disposal.
For more information, please see the government's waste prevention program that is also adopted by the federal states: