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information according to

§18 – Consumer Information

Producers must take care to inform consumers:

That Electrical and Electronic Equipment must not be disposed in residual waste but must be brought to designated municipal WEEE collection sites.

Moreover, producers must inform consumers:

  • about the existence of municipal WEEE collection sites for WEEE disposal,
  • that it is consumer’s obligation to delete personal/sensitive data from WEEE before disposal,
  • about the meaning of the crossed-out wheeled bin.

The information must be attached to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment in written. It could for instance be printed in product manuals or on product packaging or on the products.

the following example text could be used:

German Version

  1. Korrekte Entsorgung von Elektro- und Elektronikgeräten und Symbol der „durchgestrichenen Mülltonne“

Die durchgestrichene Mülltonne auf Elektroaltgeräten bedeutet, dass Sie gesetzlich verpflichtet sind, diese Geräte einer vom unsortierten Siedlungsabfall getrennten Erfassung zuzuführen. Die Entsorgung über die Restmülltonne, die gelbe Tonne oder den gelben Sack ist gesetzlich untersagt. Enthalten die Geräte Batterien, Akkumulatoren oder Lampen, die nicht fest verbaut sind, müssen diese vor der Entsorgung entnommen und getrennt als Gerätealtbatterien entsorgt werden.

  1. Möglichkeiten der Rückgabe von Altgeräten

Besitzer von Altgeräten können diese im Rahmen der durch öffentlich-rechtliche Entsorgungsträger oder bei den von Herstellern oder Vertreibern im Sinne des ElektroG eingerichteten Rücknahmestellen abgeben, damit eine ordnungsgemäße Entsorgung der Altgeräte sichergestellt ist. Ein Onlineverzeichnis der Sammel- und Rücknahmestellen können Sie sich über die folgende Internetseite anzeigen lassen: https://e-schrott-entsorgen.org/

  1. Datenschutz

Wir weisen alle Endnutzer von Elektro- und Elektronikaltgeräten darauf hin, dass Sie für das Löschen personenbezogener Daten auf den zu entsorgenden Altgeräten selbst verantwortlich sind.

English Version

  1. Correct disposing of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and symbol of the “crossed-out wheeled bin”

The crossed-out wheeled bin on WEEE means that you are obliged by law to dispose of this equipment separately from the unsorted municipal waste collection system. Disposing of it in the residual waste bin, the yellow bin or yellow bag for recyclable materials is legally prohibited. If the equipment contains portable batteries, accumulators or lamps that are not permanently installed, these must be removed before disposing of the product and be disposed of separately as waste portable batteries.

  1. Ways of returning waste electrical and electronic equipment

Owners of waste electrical and electronic equipment can return them to those facilities for returning or collecting waste electrical and electronic equipment set up and provided by the public-sector waste disposal authorities or alternatively with collection points installed by producers, retailers or distant sellers to ensure that the waste electrical and electronic equipment is disposed of correctly. The following link leads to an online registry of the available collection and take-back sites: https://e-schrott-entsorgen.org/

  1. Data privacy

We should point out to all end-users of waste electrical and electronic equipment that they themselves are responsible for deleting all personal data from the waste electrical and electronic equipment to be disposed of.

§28 – Information about re-use

(1)         The producer has to provide free-of-charge information for recycling, treatment and re-use organizations about specific sorting and recycling potential or conditions of its WEEE according to § 28 of the WEEE Regulations (ElektroG). The aforementioned information has to be provided latest one year after first put on market in form of manuals (either printed or electronic).

(2)         Moreover, the producer has to provide information to consumers what types and chemistries of batteries and accumulators are included in EEE (if applicable). Furthermore, the producer has to inform the consumer about the safe way to detach batteries and accumulators from EEE. It would be appropriate to put such instructions in manuals that are attached to the products.

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is the industry term for electrical waste, named after the EU Directive which covers its disposal. Electrical waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world.

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is anything with a battery or a plug on it. Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs are also classified as EEE by the regulations. Old-style filament light bulbs are not covered by the regulations. When electrical goods (EEE) become waste, they are considered ‘WEEE’.

The WEEE Directive was brought in to reduce increasing amounts of electrical waste (WEEE) going to landfill. The Directive requires electronic goods producers to pay for recycling this equipment when it becomes waste.