Waste electrical and electronic equipment take-back and recycling
PCs and mixers share the same fate: at the end of their useful lives, electrical appliances must be taken back, collected, processed and disposed. Manufacturers and traders must also fulfil extensive record-keeping and documentation obligations specified by the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act. As an “authorised third party”, Interseroh can ensure full and dependable compliance with these legal requirements by processing and recycling the collected material in facilities that satisfy the most modern environmental standards. Recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) permits the recovery of key raw materials while avoiding the harmful effects of pollutants on human health and the environment.
On 15 August 2018, amendments to the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) will come into force. From then on, the scope of the ElektroG will be extended to include all electrical and electronic equipment unless this equipment has been granted a specific and explicit legal exemption. This ´open scope´ amendment means registration may be required. When ´open scope´ enters into force, the equipment will also be reduced from the current 10 categories to just 6. Here you will find an overview of the amendments. We will be happy to provide you with answers to your questions and support for any action you need to take.
Our services for manufacturers
We help manufactures of electrical equipment to fulfil their obligations arising from the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act.
We offer you:
- Registration and reporting service
- Pick-up, processing and recycling
- Preparation of the prescribed records: volume flow documentation
- Appointment of an agent
Our WEEE services for stationary and mail order companies
Distributors of electrical appliances with sales, storage or shipping facilities of 400 m2 or over are obliged to take back used electrical items from end consumers. Interseroh offers take-back solutions both for stationary and mail order traders.
We handle the following:
- Provisioning of a WEEE network with 1,500 collection points for large and small appliances
- Operation of a free Internet platform, which allows private end users to find our collection points at any time
- Proper equipment processing and recycling
- Required reporting to the Clearing House
- Preparation of the “volume flow record” required by law
In addition, you also have the option of integrating your sites into our collection point network.
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Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
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Frequent questions of our customers
- What does WEEE mean?
In response to the increasing volume of electrical and electronic waste, the EU drew up a directive targeting this waste flow in 2003: the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, or WEEE Directive for short. In 2005, this Directive was transposed into national law in Germany by the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG). Accordingly, WEEE can no longer be disposed of as domestic waste.
- What was changed by the ElektroG revision in 10/2015?
The revised Act requires retailers to take back WEEE if their business has shipping and storage facilities larger than 400 square metres. For large used electrical items, a new appliance must be bought; smaller appliances can be returned free without a new purchase. The revised Act also sets higher collection/recycling targets.
- What is the National Register for Waste Electric Equipment (“Stiftung EAR”)?
Manufacturers have to register with Stiftung EAR. This manufacturers’ clearing house ensures compliance with ElektroG, such as the reporting of volume flows to the Federal Environment Agency, the recording of waste equipment and the provisioning of collection containers. Stiftung EAR does not perform operational work like collection and disposal.
- What happens if I simply ignore ElektroG at first and register later on?
If a company does not register although it places this kind of equipment on the market, or ignores other deadlines and duties, it risks incurring a heavy fine.