The German Federal Ministry for the Environment has published the Draft amendment of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (“ElektroG 3”). Amongst other things, the proposed amendments are aimed at improving the take-back of old equipment and to extend the take-back obligation for distributors of the equipment on the German market. The draft also includes distributors of groceries with a total sales floor space of at least 800 square metres (e.g. supermarkets) who distribute electrical and electronic equipment a number of times per annum. This means that in future, supermarkets will also be affected by the take-back obligation for e-waste in Germany.
Online retailers are also to be more closely involved in taking back old equipment. For instance, the obligation to collect an old device free when a new one is shipped is now entrenched in the law.
If you have any questions on the ElektroG, please do not hesitate to contact the take-e-way GmbH consultants by calling +49/40/750687-0 or sending an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.