Information on electrical and electronic (old) equipment
The following information is aimed at private households that use electrical and/or electronic devices. Please observe these important instructions in the interests of environmentally friendly disposal of old devices and your own safety.
- Information on the disposal of electrical and electronic (old) devices and on the meaning of the symbol in Annex 3 to the ElektroG
Owners of old devices must collect them separately from unsorted municipal waste. Electrical and electronic devices must therefore not be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste and, in particular, do not belong in household waste. Rather, these old devices should be collected separately and disposed of via the local collection and return systems.
Owners of old devices must also separate old batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed by the old device, as well as lamps that can be removed from the old device without destroying them, before handing them in at a collection point.
The latter does not apply if the old devices are separated from other old devices in accordance with Section 14 Paragraph 4 Clause 4 or Paragraph 5 Clauses 2 and 3 ElektroG as part of the opting by the public waste management authorities for the purpose of preparing them for reuse in order to prepare them for reuse .
The symbol according to Annex 3 ElektroG allows owners to identify old devices that are to be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of their service life. The symbol for the separate collection of electrical and electronic equipment represents a crossed-out wheeled bin and is designed as follows:
- Free take-back of old devices by distributors
Distributors (any natural or legal person or partnership that offers electrical or electronic equipment or makes it available on the market) are obliged to take back old electrical equipment from end users free of charge as follows:
a) Return/collection when purchasing a new device and delivery to a private household
When concluding a purchase contract for a new electrical or electronic device, the distributor is obliged to take back an old device of the same type that essentially fulfills the same functions as the new device free of charge.
If the location is a private household, the return will be made by picking it up free of charge. For this purpose, an old device of the same type of device with essentially the same functions can be handed over to the delivering transport company when the new device is delivered.
If the new device is sold exclusively using means of long-distance communication (§312c Para. 2 BGB), the following applies:
- Old equipment of the same type and function can only be picked up free of charge if it is a Category 1 (heat exchanger), 2 (screens, monitors, devices with screens with a surface area of more than 100 square centimetres) and/or 4 ( Large devices where at least one of the external dimensions is more than 50 centimeters).
- If it is an old device from category 3, 5 and/or 6, there is no free collection and instead the following letter b) applies to the free return.
An overview of the device categories and the devices recorded in each case can be found here: https://www.gesetze-im-internet/elektrog_2015/anlage_1.html
b) Return when purchasing a new device and handing it in elsewhere/returning small devices
When concluding a purchase contract for a new electrical device that is not delivered to private households and when selling a new category 3, 5 and/or 6 device exclusively using means of distance communication (§312 Para. 2 BGB) with delivery to private households Households have the option of returning an old device of the same type, which essentially fulfills the same functions as the new device, to the distributor free of charge.
Independent of the purchase of a new electrical and electronic device, this option also exists for old devices that are no larger than 25 centimeters in any external dimension. In this case, the possibility for the end user to return the device to the distributor is limited to 3 old devices per device type.
In the case of sales exclusively using long-distance means of communication (§312 Para. 2 BGB), the return takes place under the above-mentioned condition
- from old devices of category 3, 5 and/or 6
- from old devices that are not larger than 25 centimeters in any external dimension,
through suitable return options at a reasonable distance from the respective end user.
Otherwise, the return takes place at the place of delivery or in the immediate vicinity.
The distributors must have set up suitable return options for this.
- Notes on the options for returning old devices
Owners of old devices can return or collect old devices within the framework of the options set up and available by public waste disposal authorities, so that proper disposal of the old devices is ensured. It may also be possible to hand in electrical and electronic equipment there for the purpose of reusing the equipment. You can obtain more detailed information on this from the respective collection or collection point.
- Privacy Notice
Some of the old devices to be disposed of contain sensitive personal data (e.g. on a PC or a smartphone), which must not get into the hands of third parties.
We expressly point out that end users of old devices are responsible for deleting personal data on the old devices to be disposed of.
- Notice of our WEEE registration number
We are registered with the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register, Nordostpark 72 in 90411 Nuremberg, as a manufacturer of electrical and/or electronic devices under the following registration number (WEEE Reg. No. DE):
- Battery disposal considerations
Some of the goods we sell (quartz and electric watches) contain batteries. These batteries contain toxic heavy metals. Disposal with household waste is strictly prohibited.
In connection with the sale of batteries and accumulators or with the delivery of devices which contain batteries and accumulators, according to battery regulations we are obligated as a dealer to point out the following:
The disposal of accumulators and batteries in household waste is prohibited! According to the Battery Ordinance, you are obliged as a consumer to return used batteries and accumulators to the distributor or to the collection points set up for this purpose by the public waste disposal authorities.
Batteries that contain harmful substances are marked with the symbol of a crossed-out waste container, similar to the symbol illustrated below. Under the symbol is the chemical name of the pollutant - "Cd" for cadmium, "Pb" for lead, "Hg" for mercury.
It means that you must not put batteries in household waste. Please dispose of the used batteries at a municipal collection point as required by law, or at your local retailer.
Batteries received from us can be returned after use:
Further information on the battery regulation can be found at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety or via the following link: Battery regulation.