Electrical and electronic equipment—notes on disposal
Electrical and electronic equipment contains materials and substances that may be harmful to people’s health and the environment. In order to preserve and protect the environment, the European Union has therefore passed the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (2012/19/EU—WEEE Directive).
The WEEE Directive’s objectives are the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment in an environmentally friendly manner and the promotion of policies for the preparation of reclamation procedures. Avoiding waste is a priority. In addition, re-use, recycling, and other forms of reclamation are to be used to reduce the amount of waste requiring disposal.
The individual member states have implemented the WEEE Directive in their national legislation. Each of these national regulations contains specific requirements for manufacturers and distributors of electrical appliances. On this page, you will find information about how to dispose of your waste electrical or electronic equipment.
On this page, you will find information about how to dispose of your waste electrical or electronic equipment.
1. Electrical and electronic equipment—registration in Germany
As a manufacturer according to the Electrical- and Electronic-Equipment Act (ElektroG), we are registered with the responsible Waste-Electrical-Equipment Register Foundation under the following registration number (WEEE reg. no.): DE 85074895.
2. Electrical and electronic equipment—notes on disposal
Private households using electrical and/or electronic appliances are requested to observe the following notes to conform to environmentally friendly waste equipment disposal and personal-safety practices.
a. Disposal of electrical and electronic equipment and meaning of the symbol as defined by Appendix 3 of the ElektroG (crossed-out trash can)
Owners of waste appliances are required to use the appropriate disposal options for such appliances rather than unsorted municipal waste. Waste batteries not enclosed by the waste appliance are to be separated from the appliance before disposal at the appropriate facilities. Waste electrical and electronic equipment must not be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste and does not belong in the household trash. Waste electrical and electronic equipment is to be collected separately and disposed of using the local collection and recycling facilities.
Waste appliances to be recycled separately from unsorted municipal waste are identified by the symbol defined in Appendix 3 of the ElektroG. The symbol indicating separate collection of electrical and electronic equipment consists of a crossed-out wheeled trash can and is designed as follows:
Some waste electrical and electronic appliances include data storage devices that may still contain personal information not intended to fall into the hands of third parties. We would like to emphasize that you, as the end user of such appliances, are responsible for deleting any personal information stored on the equipment to be disposed of.
c. Notes on the option to return waste appliances
Owners of waste appliances from private households may turn them in to collection points operated by public disposal providers or to disposal points provided by the manufacturers or distributors as defined by the ElektroG. You can find an online registry of collection and disposal points here: