Product stewardship in the sphere of waste management is governed by the Waste Management Act (KrWG), particularly its provisions concerning the development of long-lasting products, the use of secondary raw materials for manufacturing, and recycling end-of-life products in an ecofriendly fashion. These objectives are promoted by the stipulations concerning the following: substance bans; labeling requirements; requiring manufacturers and retailers to take back end-of-life products.
Requirements concerning specific types of products (e.g. such as return deposits on glass bottles and jars) can be set via laws or regulations.
The following laws define the scope of product stewardship for packaging, motor vehicles, portable batteries, electric and electronic devices, and petroleum products:
• Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz
For example the Batteriegesetz governs the return and disposal of waste batteries, whereby the responsibility of consumers in this regard is limited to bringing such batteries to a facility where they are collected separately. Retailers are required by law to take back waste batteries free of charge and to provide suitable receptacles for them. Battery manufacturers are responsible for environmentally sound recycling of such batteries.