Changes in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act: More recycling of WEEE
Registration of manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment started
From 15 August 2018 the Act Governing the Sale, Return and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment – ElektroG will apply to virtually all types of electrical and electronic equipment. The aim is to ensure that more waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) ends up being recycled. Manufacturers of equipment which was not previously covered must now also be registered and absorb some of the costs of equipment disposal. This also applies to manufacturers of clothing and furniture with electronic functions. Another example of products which were not previously covered by the legislation: shoes with integrated electronic shock absorption or lighting. The only exceptions are explicitly identified in the legislative act, for example equipment intended for use in space travel. As of 1 May 2018 manufacturers which have become subject to the new regulations in ElektroG can apply to be registered with stiftung elektro-altgeräte register (stiftung ear).