ElektroG Annex III Selective Treatment of Substances and Components of Electrical and Electronic Equipment under Section 11 (2)

ElektroG Annex III Selective Treatment of Substances and Components of Electrical and Electronic Equipment under Section 11 (2)

1. At a minimum, the following substances, preparations and components must be removed from any separately collected WEEE:

a) Mercury-containing components such as switches or backlighting lamps

b) Batteries and accumulators

c) Printed circuit boards of mobile phones generally, and of other devices if the surface area of the printed circuit board is greater than 10 square centimetres

d) Toner cartridges, liquid and pasty, as well as colour toner

e) Plastic containing brominated flame retardants

f) Asbestos waste and components which contain asbestos waste

g) Cathode ray tubes

h) Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), or hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) or hydrocarbons (HCs)

i) Gas discharge lamps

j) Liquid crystal displays (together with their casing where appropriate) of a surface area greater than 100 square centimetres and all such displays back-lighted with discharge lamps

k) External electric cables

l) Components containing refractory ceramic fibres as described in Commission Directive 97/69/EC of 5 December 1997 adapting to technical progress Council Directive 67/548/EEC relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances (Official Journal L 343 p.9)

m) Electrolyte capacitors containing substances of concern (height > 25 mm, diameter > 25 mm or proportionately similar volume)

n) Cadmium or selenium-containing photoreceptor drums.

These substances, preparations and components shall be disposed of or recovered in compliance with Section 10 (4) of the Closed Substance Cycle and Waste Management Act.

2. Components containing radioactive substances must be treated as follows:

a) Components containing radioactive substances, except components of consumer goods, and those produced subject to approval under Section 106 of the German Radiation Protection Ordinance (StrlSchV) of 20 June 2001 (Federal Gazette I p. 1714 report 2002 I p. 1459), amended by Article 2 of the Ordinance of 18 June 2002 (Federal Gazette I p. 1869, 1903) or transported under Section 108 of the German Radiation Protection Ordinance and for which no take-back system is required under Section 107 (1) No. 1a and in accordance with Section 109 of the German Radiation Protection Ordinance, may be disposed of or be reused or recycled under Section 10 (4) of the Closed Substance Cycle and Waste Management Act without any further selective treatment.

b) Components as listed under a) for which a take-back system is required under Section 107 (1) a and in Section 109 of the German Radiation Protection Ordinance must under Section 110 of the Radiation Protection Ordinance be handed back by the last user to the collection point stated in the information stipulated in Section 107 (1) No. 3 of the German Radiation Protection Ordinance.

c) All other components containing radioactive substances must be disposed of in compliance with the requirements of the German Radiation Protection Ordinance.

3. Section 2 (2) No. 2 of the PCB/PCT Waste Ordinance applies for PCB-containing condensors (PCBs: polychlorinated biphenyls).

4. The following components of separately collected WEEE are to be treated as follows:

a) Cathode tubes: the fluorescent coating must be removed

b) Equipment containing gases that are ozone-depleting or have a global warming potential (GWP) above 15, such as those contained in foams and refrigeration circuits: the gases must be properly extracted and properly treated. Ozone-depleting gases must be treated in accordance with Regulation (EC) 2037/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 June 2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer (Official Journal L 244 p.1, last amended by Regulation (EC) 1804/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 (Official Journal L 265 p.1)

c) Gas discharge lamps: the mercury shall be removed.

5. Taking into account environmental considerations and the desirability of reuse and recycling, Nos. 1 to 3 shall be applied in such a way that environmentally sound reuse and recycling of components or whole appliances is not obstructed.

6. The Hg content of waste glass from lighting processing which is to be sent for recovery must not exceed 5 mg/kg waste glass.

7. Picture tubes are to be separated into screen and cone glass for treatment purposes.

8. Gas discharge lamps must be adequately protected against breakage during storage and transportation.