Recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (“Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act” or ElektroG)
Hama GmbH & Co KG is a registered manufacturer in accordance with Section 18 para. 2 ElektroG: WEEE reg. no. DE38720470
What is the ElektroG?
The WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is an EU directive (2002/96/EC) for the implementation of the polluter pays principle of European environmental policy. According to this principle, the economic and social costs of an economic activity should be borne by the person who caused it. The aim of the WEEE Directive, which came into force in February 2003, is to prevent and reduce the increasing amounts of waste electrical equipment and to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner. The framework conditions set by the WEEE Directive must be implemented into national law by all member states of the European Union. Germany implemented these regulations by means of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG).
Why does the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act exist?
The goal of the ElektroG is to protect the environment and public health. In addition, it is intended to help protect natural resources. The basic requirement is that old devices are properly disposed of and recycled as efficiently as possible. Therefore, every consumer is legally obliged to collect old electrical and electronic equipment separately and send it to the collection points, e.g. return recycling depots or collection points of trading companies.
In accordance with the provisions of Directive 2008/98/EU on waste and its implementation in the legislation of the member states of the European Union, waste prevention measures generally take precedence over waste management measures. Waste prevention measures for electrical and electronic equipment include, in particular, extending their service life by repairing defective equipment and selling used equipment that is in good working order instead of sending it for disposal. For more information, please refer to the federal waste prevention programme, in which the federal states participate: https://www.bmu.de/publikation/abfallvermeidungsprogramm-des-bundes-unter-beteiligung-der-laender/
Information on meeting the quantitative targets can be found in the official statistics on the collection and recycling rates for electrical and electronic equipment at the following link: https://www.bmu.de/themen/wasser-abfall-boden/abfallwirtschaft/statistiken/daten-zu-elektro-und-elektronikgeraeten-in-deutschland
How do you know whether a device falls under the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act?
The symbol of a crossed-out dustbin, which is regularly depicted on electrical and electronic equipment, indicates that the device in question must be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its service life.
Where can I dispose of electrical equipment?
Owners of old devices from private households can hand them in at the collection points of the public waste disposal authorities or at the collection points set up by manufacturers or distributors in accordance with ElektroG. An online list of collection and return points can be found here.
Which products fall under ElektroG?
The definition of electrical equipment is provided by Section 3 para. 1 ElektroG:
Products are deemed electrical appliances if they are designed for operation with an alternating voltage of no more than 1,000 volts or a direct voltage of no more than 1,500 volts and are dependent on electrical currents or electromagnetic fields for their proper operation or are used to generate, transmit and measure electrical currents and electromagnetic fields.
How it works
Our online shop is a member of the take-e-back return system. This system identifies collection points near you where you can also return these old devices free of charge. As a private individual, you can use take-e-back to find collection points and to hand in old electrical and electronic equipment free of charge.
The prerequisite for devices with sides measuring more than 25 cm is that you have purchased a similar new device from a manufacturer affiliated with us and that you can prove this by presenting a corresponding purchase receipt, if necessary.
Please consider the following important notes!
- You are responsible for ensuring that there is no personal data on the old devices you return. You should therefore ensure that you have deleted your personal data from your old device before you return it.
- If possible, remove all batteries and accumulators from the devices before disposal and dispose of them separately.
- If possible, remove all light sources from the device before disposal.
Disposal of batteries and accumulators
Batteries and accumulators may contain valuable resources but also substances that are harmful to human health and the environment. By reusing or separately collecting and recycling electrical devices/batteries, you are making an important contribution to protecting human health and the environment. The consumer is legally obliged to dispose of batteries and accumulators at the end of their lifespan. This is the only way to live in a sustainable and resource-conserving manner.
The Batteries Act (BattG) regulates the marketing, return and environmentally friendly disposal of batteries and accumulators. This includes all types of batteries, regardless of shape, size, mass, material composition or use. The law applies to batteries that are built into or attached to products.
The symbol of the crossed-out dustbin means that batteries must not be disposed of with household waste at the end of their service life.
The characters below the symbol indicate the ingredients it contains: Pb for lead, Hg for Mercury, Cd for Cadmium.
What you need to consider as a consumer
- Batteries and accumulators must not be disposed of with residual waste. You are legally obliged to return used batteries and accumulators.
- Before you dispose of batteries or accumulators, cover the visible and exposed terminals with commercially available adhesive tape. This prevents short circuits.
Where can I dispose of used batteries?
Used batteries can be returned free of charge to public collection points and places where identical/comparable batteries are sold — regardless of where they were originally purchased and regardless of brand and type.
Batteries that are sold through our online shop, as well as batteries that are identical in construction and need to be disposed of can also be sent to the manufacturer Hama GmbH & Co | KG Recycling-Center | Adolf-Thomas-Strasse 10 (Zufahrt über Rappenfeldstrasse) | 86653 Monheim | Germany. Disposal itself is free of charge, shipping must be at your expense and must be accompanied by an appropriate declaration.