B2B Distributors are obliged to take back Small Electrical Devices in Germany

B2B distributors are also obliged to take back used devices from private households

As we have found out from a very authoritative source, the situation for B2B distributors turns out to be as follows:

Regarding the “Question of the obligation to take back WEEE by the so-called B2B distributors, the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (= ElektroG) makes clear arrangements. In § 17 para. 1 it does not distinguish between the different distributors, but only regards the used devices which need to be taken back. In this respect, B2B distributors are also obliged to take back used devices from private households. As a general rule, the B2B distributor sells only electrical and electronic devices to other users than private households, the 1:1 take-back will not come into consideration on a regular basis. However, the 0:1 take-back does concern him to the same extent as the B2C distributor. Therefore, he will also be concerned by the same obligations to indicate and report according to § 25 and § 29 of the ElektroG.”
What this means for you, dear customer, is that all market participants who sell electrical devices within the Federal Republic of Germany (so-called distributors) have to take back all used electrical devices with an edge length of less than 25 cm, no matter from whom – if they are stationary distributors having a sales area for electrical devices of more than 400 sqm or if they are online distributors having a storage and dispatch surface (shelf space) of more than 400 sqm. Therefore, this also applies for small gas discharge lamps. take-e-way will be at your disposal by phone under +49/40/219010-770 or under logistik@take-e-way.de for any further questions.

About take-e-way
- Founded in 2004 in Hamburg/Germany
- Currently 35 employees
- Managers: Jochen Stepp, Oliver Friedrichs

Business fields: The take-e-way GmbH assumes the implementation of bureaucratic and operative requirements and obligations of manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors of electrical and electronic devices in Germany and abroad in the field of product responsibility according to the law (Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act, WEEE, Battery Act, Packaging Ordinance, etc.).

VERE e.V.: The VERE Association for the take-back and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (VERE e.V. registered association) founded in 2003 is the organization having the largest number of members among providers, manufacturers, trade associations and individuals regarding the implementation of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG/WEEE) in Germany. VERE is the founding organization of take-e-way and get-e-right GmbH that offers the WEEE authorized representative. VERE also represents the interests of more than 3,500 companies at political level.

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