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Disposal of electrical equipment

Information on electrical and electronic equipment


The following information is addressed to private households using electrical and/or electronic equipment. Please observe these important instructions in the interest of environmentally friendly disposal of old equipment and your own safety.


1. instructions for the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment


Owners of old appliances have to collect them separately from unsorted municipal waste. Waste electrical and electronic equipment may therefore not be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste and in particular does not belong in household waste. Instead, these old appliances must be collected separately and disposed of, for example, via the local collection and return systems. 


Owners of old appliances must also separate used batteries and used accumulators that are not enclosed in the old appliance from it before handing them in at a collection point. The latter does not apply insofar as the waste equipment is separated from other waste equipment in accordance with § 14 (5) sentences 2 and 3 ElektroG within the scope of the option by the public waste management authorities for the purpose of preparing it for re-use, in order to prepare it for re-use. 


2. meaning of the symbol according to appendix 3 of the ElektroG


By means of the symbol according to Annex 3 to the ElektroG, owners can identify old appliances that are to be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste. The symbol for the separate collection of electrical and electronic equipment represents a crossed-out wheeled bin and is designed as follows 


3. notes on data protection


Some of the old devices to be disposed of contain sensitive personal data (e.g. on a PC or a smartphone), which must not fall into the hands of third parties. We expressly point out that end users of old equipment must take responsibility for deleting personal data on the old equipment to be disposed of.