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From 24th July 2016 onwards: distributor obligation to take back waste electrical devices – take-e-way has the solution

Until 24 July 2016 stationary dealers, who have a sales surface for electrical devices of more than 400 sqm, or online dealers who have a storage and dispatch area for electrical devices of more than 400 sqm, they need to have created the condition for free of charge take-back of waste electrical devices

What it is about: Until 24 July 2016, according to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG), stationary dealers, who have a sales surface for electrical devices of more than 400 sqm, or online dealers who have a storage and dispatch area for electrical devices of more than 400 sqm (shelf space), they need to have created the condition for free of charge take-back of waste electrical devices. In practical terms, this would mean that concerned retailers need to provide take-back options on site or in immediate proximity. Online and distance selling dealers with a correspondingly large storage/dispatch surface would even need to prove options to take back at a reasonable distance to their corresponding end customers throughout Germany.

What needs to be taken back: Under the a.m. conditions, there is an obligation to take back 1:1 (taking back a used device when purchasing a new similar device) and the obligation to take back 0:1 for small electrical devices with an edge length of up to 25 cm even if no new device has been purchased. Also, B2B distributors, who usually do not sell to private households, are obliged to take back small devices from private households (obligation to take back 0:1).

Additional Administrative Burden and Reference Requirements: In addition, you have to fulfil comprehensive registration and reporting obligations. Each distributor, who is concerned with the obligation to take back waste electrical devices, in addition has to inform about his future take-back options from July 25th, 2016 onwards, for instance on the website or in the online shop.

Additional Risks of Financial Penalties: Since we fear that lawyers specialized in warnings would like to use these new regulations for their business model, we would strongly point this out.

Distributors can take part in a take-back system: It is permitted by law to refer customers to public-law collection points. Online dealers of electrical and electronic devices, who are obliged to take back, need to prove a take-back network “at a reasonable distance to the final customer”. In practice, this would only be succeeded by a merger to a mutual take back network.

take-e-way provides the solution: The take-e-way GmbH provides a lawful and simple solution for this challenge: take-e-way and its more than 3,500 affiliated companies serve about 37 percent of all manufacturers and distributors of electrical devices registered in the segment B2C at the foundation EAR (German WEEE registration board) and is thus a well-known service provider in the field of the take back of electrical devices and of the recycling. take-e-way operates the take-back system take-e-back throughout Germany, which helps you to organise your obligation to take back simply via the corresponding online portal

The take-back system take-e-way provides the following options:  The take-e-way service includes the handling of your obligations to register as collection centre, to report on a regular basis the quantities which you have taken back, to organise suitable collection containers for electrical devices and to secure the pickup and disposal in the frame of an attractive monthly charge.

Your take-back solution works as follows: You collect the used electrical devices in the containers which have been made available by take-e-way and report the pickup or the exchange of the container simply vial the online portal, by which you may also make the necessary data available for the report to the foundation EAR. As collection centre within the take-e-way take-back system, you do not only take back the used devices which you need to take back yourself, but also the devices of the other take-back partners associated to this system. Along with the disposer network of take-e-way and social facilities, such as sheltered workshops, we form together the take-back system for electrical devices for the retail, online and distance selling trade. Through this you will be relieved from the burden and the unforeseeable costs which are involved in the need to create an own comprehensive take-back system for your customers throughout Germany.

You may contact your personal take-e-way consultant on +49/40/219010-770 or by sending an e-mail to: Looking forward to hearing from you!

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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