WEEE Germany: Record players (turntables) are subject to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act

According to the gfu, sales of turntables were up by eight per cent in the first half of 2021, to just under 63,000 units. Record players belong to the appliance type “small electrical appliances up to max. 50cm” or “large electrical appliances with dimensions over 50cm”.

According to the gfu, sales of turntables were up by eight per cent in the first half of 2021, to just under 63,000 units. Sales remained stable compared to the previous year at close to 14 million euros. Meanwhile, this upward trend in unit sales has continued unabated since 2016.

Record players belong to the appliance type “small electrical appliances up to max. 50cm” or “large electrical appliances with dimensions over 50cm”. In this context, the edge length of the device in the state of delivery and use is the deciding factor. If a record player is “round” in design, then the diameter determines which category applies.

In the quantity declaration under the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG), the weight of the entire device (without packaging) is required to be reported, i.e. in the “basic configuration of the condition on delivery”.

This does not include the following: Packaging, accessories/add-ons that do not contain electronic components (e.g.: standby cases, bags) consumables (e.g., CDs, DVDs), accumulators/batteries (whether permanently installed or easily removable).

Details of the scope covered by the quantity declaration can be found on the website of the Foundation Elektro-Altgeräte Register (EAR): https://www.stiftung-ear.de/de/themen/elektrog/herstellerbevollmaechtigte/pbs-regeln/pbue/regelsetzung-mengen?highlight=lieferumfang

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