The symbol of the crossed-out dustbin indicates that this electrical or electronic equipment must not be disposed of with household waste at the end of its service life, but must be taken for separate collection by the end user.
Free collection points for old electrical equipment are available in your area for the return of the equipment, as well as other acceptance points for the reuse of the equipment, if applicable. You can obtain the addresses from your city or local government.
Distributors with a sales area for electrical and electronic equipment of at least 400 square meters and distributors of foodstuffs with a total sales area of at least 800 square meters who offer electrical and electronic equipment several times a calendar year or permanently and make it available on the market are also obliged to take back old electrical and electronic equipment free of charge. When supplying a new electrical or electronic appliance to an end user, they must take back free of charge an old appliance of the end user of the same type that fulfills essentially the same functions as the new appliance, at the place of supply or in the immediate vicinity thereof, and, without purchasing an electrical or electronic appliance, take back free of charge at the end user's request up to three old appliances per type that do not exceed 25 centimeters in any external dimension, in the retail store or in the immediate vicinity thereof. In the case of distribution using means of distance communication, all storage and shipping areas shall be considered as sales areas of the distributor.
If the old electrical or electronic equipment contains personal data, you are responsible for deleting this data yourself before returning it.
If this is possible without destroying the old electrical or electronic equipment, please remove old batteries or rechargeable batteries as well as old lamps from it before returning it for disposal and take them to a separate collection.
Further information on the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act can also be found on the Internet at www.elektrogesetz.de.
Notes on battery disposal
The symbol of the crossed-out garbage can on batteries or accumulators indicates that they must not be disposed of with household waste at the end of their service life. If batteries or accumulators contain mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd) or lead (Pb), you will find the respective chemical symbol below the symbol of the crossed-out trash can. You are legally obliged to return old batteries and accumulators after use. You can do this free of charge in a retail store or at another collection point near you. Addresses of suitable collection points can be obtained from your city or local government.
Batteries may contain substances that are harmful to the environment and human health. Special care should be taken when handling batteries containing lithium due to the particular risks involved. The separate collection and recycling of old batteries and accumulators is intended to avoid negative effects on the environment and human health.
Please avoid the generation of waste from old batteries as much as possible, e.g. by preferring batteries with a longer life or rechargeable batteries. Please avoid littering public spaces by not carelessly leaving batteries or electrical and electronic equipment containing batteries. Please consider ways to reuse a battery instead of disposing of it, for example by reconditioning or repairing the battery.
Further information on the Battery Act can also be found on the Internet at www.batteriegesetz.de.