Disposal of waste equipment

Information about (waste) electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

The following notes are intended for private households who use electrical and/or electronic equipment. Please observe these important notes in the interests of disposing of waste equipment in an environmentally-friendly manner and also for your own safety.

1. Notes on the disposal of WEEE and explanation of the symbol according to Annex 3 of the German Electrical Equipment Act (ElektroG):

Owners of WEEE are required to place it in a collection separate from that for unsorted domestic waste. WEEE must therefore be removed from unsorted municipal waste and does not belong in normal household waste. Instead, this waste equipment must be collected separately and disposed of by using local collection and return systems.

Owners of waste equipment must also separate used batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed in the waste equipment from the equipment before submitting it to a reception point. This does not apply if the waste equipment is separated in accordance with Section 14 Par. 5 (2) and (3) ElektroG as part of the public waste management provider's opt-in to prepare other waste equipment for recycling, in order to then prepare it for recycling.

By using the symbols from Annex 3 of the ElektroG, owners can recognise waste equipment that has to be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its service life. The symbol for the separate collection of electronic and electrical equipment is a crossed-out wheelie bin and looks as follows:

Altgeraete Entsorgung

2. Notes on the option of returning waste equipment:

Owners of waste equipment from private households can also hand in the waste equipment to collection points provided by public waste management authorities, or to the collection points set up by manufacturers or distributors within the meaning of the ElektroG. You can find an online directory of the collection and return points here:

3. Note about privacy

Waste appliances (such as a PC or smartphone) may contain sensitive personal data that should not fall into the hands of third parties.

We expressly note that end users of waste equipment are responsible for deleting personal data on the waste equipment to be disposed of.