Reporting and information obligations for manufacturers
Reporting and notification obligations pursuant to Section 18 of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act / Section 2 of the Act on the Implementation of the Waste Framework Directive
Quantitative target parameters subject to Section 10 (3) and Section 22 (1) of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (German acronym: ElektroG) have to be published by manufacturers (Article 2 of the Implementing Act of the Waste Framework Directive – amendment to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act in Section 18)
Article 2 of the Implementing Act of the Waste Water Directive (German acronym: AbfRRL, printed matter 88/20) provides for an amendment to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act in Section 18. Accordingly, the status of compliance with the quantitative targets under Section 10 (3) and Section 22 (1) of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act haver to be be published annually by manufacturers.
The Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety publishes the quantitative targets achieved in Germany and to be submitted to the EU Commission annually on the Ministry’s website. Manufacturers may refer to this publication in order to meet their extended information obligations under Section 18 of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act. The very latest publication is available here:
The German WEEE Registration Board “stiftung elektro-altgeräte-register (ear) releases the values determined for the previous year from the annual statistics report of the manufacturers for Germany on this website:
Each manufacturer is required to report to the German WEEE Registration Board “stiftung elektro-altgeräte-register (ear) by 30 April the quantities of waste electrical and electronic equipment collected from primary treatment facilities in the previous calendar year by weight pursuant to Article 22 (3) of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act. Moreover, each manufacturer must make the following notifications by 30 April each year:
- the waste equipment taken back by it per type of equipment and category in the calendar year for which no guarantee is required under Section 7 (1) sentence 1 of the Act,
- the waste equipment prepared and recycled by such manufacturer per category in the calendar year for re-use,
- the waste equipment recovered by the manufacturer per category in the relevant calendar year,
- the waste equipment disposed of by the manufacturer per category in the calendar year, and
- the waste equipment exported by the manufacturer per category in a calendar year to countries of the European Union or third countries for treatment.
take-e-way as a service provider is handling the consolidation of these data and information for its clients, the manufacturers. The data transmitted to the German WEEE Registration Board “stiftung elektro-altgeräte-register (ear) is available here:
|Equipment category||Re-use||§ 27, Par. 1, No. 6 material recovery/ recycling||"Waste equipment prepared for reuse and recycled"||§ 27, Par. 1, No. 7 Recycling (total) "Recycled equipment"||§ 27, Par. 1, No. 8 Removal||§ 27, Par. 1, No. 9 Export|
|Kat. 1 - Heat exchanger||0,07%||81,23%||81,31%||99,33%||0,60%||0,00%|
|Kat. 2 - Visual display units||0,60%||85,68%||86,28%||94,60%||3,01%||0,00%|
|Kat. 3 - Lamps||0,00%||94,10%||94,10%||94,10%||5,90%||0,00%|
|Kat. 3 - Gas discharge lamps||0,00%||94,10%||94,10%||94,10%||5,90%||0,00%|
|Kat. 4 - Large equipment||0,01%||85,58%||85,59%||96,43%||3,53%||0,00%|
|Kat. 5 - Small devices||0,04%||82,68%||82,72%||97,59%||1,82%||0,54%|
|Kat. 6 - Small devices ITT||0,05%||82,44%||82,49%||97,89%||1,90%||0,16%|
Further information obligations according to the Electronic Equipment Act
Separate collection of old equipment
Electrical and electronic equipment that has become waste is called WEEE. Owners of old appliances must take them to a collection point separate from unsorted municipal waste. In particular, old appliances do not belong in household waste, but in special collection and return systems.
Batteries and accumulators
Owners of waste equipment must generally separate spent batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed by the waste equipment from the latter before handing them in at a collection point. This does not apply if the waste equipment is handed in to public waste disposal authorities and separated from other waste equipment for the purpose of preparation for reuse.
Possibilities for the return of old equipment
Owners of old devices from private households can hand them in at the collection points of the public waste management authorities or at the collection points set up by manufacturers or distributors in the sense of the ElektroG. An online directory of the collection and return points can be found here.
Note on waste prevention
According to the provisions of Directive 2008/98/EU on waste and the Directive’s implementation in the legislation of the Member States of the European Union, waste prevention measures are required on principle to take precedence over waste management measures. In the case of electrical and electronic equipment, waste prevention measures include, in particular, prolonging the life of the equipment by repairing defective articles and selling used ones in good working order instead of dispatching them for disposal. Further particulars are available as part of the waste prevention programme of the Federal Government with the participation of the federal states.
Data protection notice
Old devices often contain sensitive personal data. This is particularly true for information and telecommunications technology equipment such as computers and smartphones. In your own interest, please note that each end user is responsible for deleting the data on the old equipment to be disposed of.
Meaning of the symbol "crossed-out dustbin"
The symbol of a crossed-out wheeled garbage can, which is regularly displayed on electrical and electronic equipment, indicates that at the end of its service life the respective equipment must be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste.