Information ElektroG


The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) contains a large number of requirements for handling electrical and electronic equipment. The most important ones are compiled here.

1. Separate collection of old devices

Electrical and electronic equipment that has become waste is referred to as WEEE. Owners of old devices must collect them separately from unsorted municipal waste. In particular, old devices do not belong in household waste, but in special collection and return systems.

2. Batteries and rechargeable batteries

Owners of old devices usually have to separate old batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed by the old device from it before handing them in at a collection point. This does not apply if the old devices are handed over to public waste disposal authorities and are separated from other old devices there for the purpose of preparing them for reuse.

3. Possibilities of returning old devices

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 within the meaning of the ElektroG. An online directory of the collection and return points can be found here:

4. Privacy Notice

Old devices often contain sensitive personal data. This applies in particular to information and telecommunications technology devices such as computers and smartphones. In your own interest, please note that each end user is responsible for deleting the data on the old devices to be disposed of.

5. Meaning of the symbol "crossed-out garbage can"

The symbol of a crossed-out garbage can 2016-07-21_12-36-47, which is regularly shown on electrical and electronic devices, indicates that the respective device must be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its service life.

6. Learn More

We are a member of the "take-e-back" take-back system. Further information can be found at

7. Old devices take back according to law

When you buy an electrical and electronic device, you have the option of giving away an old device free of charge. The prerequisite is that the old device belongs to the same device type as the new device and essentially fulfills the same functions.

The law also stipulates that you can give your old device away free of charge when the new device is delivered. This applies to distance selling for electrical and electronic equipment in categories 1, 2 and 4 of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act. You can find more information in the ElektroG3 law.

It works like this:
1. Contact our customer service and request a return of the old device when ordering the new device.
2. When your new device is delivered, your old device will be taken away free of charge.

For the sake of the environment: The transport of electronic devices also consumes resources and pollutes our environment. Please help us to keep this consumption of resources as low as possible and only order the free return of old devices if you actually need it.