2. Free return of old devices by distributors
Distributors (any natural or legal person or partnership that offers electrical or electronic equipment or makes it available on the market) are obliged to take back electrical or electronic equipment free of charge to end users as follows:
a) Return / pick-up when buying a new device and delivering it to a private household
When concluding a purchase contract for a new electrical or electronic device, the distributor is obliged to take back an old device of the same type, which essentially fulfills the same functions as the new device, free of charge.
If the place is a private household, the return takes place by a free pick-up. For this purpose, when the new device is delivered, an old device of the same device type with essentially the same functions can be handed over to the delivering transport company.
If the new device is sold exclusively using means of distance communication (Section 312c (2) BGB), the following applies with restrictions:
An old device of the same type and function can only be collected free of charge if it is a device of category 1 (heat exchanger), 2 (screens, monitors, devices with screens with a surface area of more than 100 square centimeters) and / or 4 (large devices , where at least one of the external dimensions is more than 50 centimeters).
If, instead, it is a category 3, 5 and / or 6 old device, free collection will not take place and instead the following letter b) applies to the free return.
An overview of the device categories and the devices recorded can be found here: https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/elektrog_2015/anlage_1.html
b) Return when buying a new device and handing it in elsewhere / return of small devices
When concluding a purchase contract for a new electrical device that is not delivered to the private household, and when selling a new device of categories 3, 5 and / or 6 exclusively using means of distance communication (§ 312c Paragraph 2 BGB) with delivery to the private household Household there is the option of returning an old device of the same type, which essentially fulfills the same functions as the new device, to the distributor free of charge.
Regardless of whether you buy a new electrical or electronic device, the same option is also available for old devices that are not larger than 25 centimeters in any external dimension. In this case, the end user 's option to return to the distributor is limited to 3 old devices per device type.
When selling exclusively using means of distance communication (§ 312c Paragraph 2 BGB), the return takes place under the above-mentioned conditions
of old devices of categories 3, 5 and / or 6
of old devices that are not larger than 25 centimeters in any external dimension,
through suitable return options at a reasonable distance from the respective end user.
Otherwise, the return takes place at the place of delivery or in the immediate vicinity.
The distributors must have set up suitable return options for this.
3. Notes on the options for returning old devices
Please be sure to inform here first of all about the return options for old electrical devices that you have created (possibly voluntarily)!
Owners of old devices can hand them in within the scope of the return or collection of old devices set up and available by public waste disposal authorities, so that proper disposal of old devices is ensured. If necessary, it is also possible to hand in electrical and electronic equipment there for the purpose of reusing the equipment. You can obtain more detailed information on this from the respective collection or return point.
The following link gives you the option of displaying an online directory of the collection and return points: https://www.ear-system.de/ear-verzeichnis/sammel-und-ruecknahmestellen
4. Note on data protection
Some of the old devices to be disposed of contain sensitive personal data (e.g. on a PC or smartphone) that must not fall into the hands of third parties.
We expressly point out that end users of old devices are responsible for deleting personal data on the old devices to be disposed of.
5. Note on our WEEE registration number
We are registered with the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register, Nordostpark 72 in 90411 Nuremberg, as a manufacturer of electrical and / or electronic devices under the following registration number (WEEE Reg.-No. DE):