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Manufacturer Information according to § 18 Abs. 4 ElektroG (new) in Germany.

The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (“ElektroG”) contains a large number of requirements for the handling of electrical and electronic equipment. electronic equipment.

The most important of these requirements are summarized here.

1. Separate Collection of Waste Equipment
Electrical and electronic equipment that has become waste is referred to as “Old Devices”. Owners of Old Devices must dispose those separately from unsorted municipal waste. Old Devices do not belong in household waste, but in special collection and return systems.

2. Batteries and Rechargeable Batteries as well as Lamps
As a rule, before handing it in at a collection point, owners of Old Devices must separate old batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed in the Old Device, as well as lamps that can be removed from the Old Device without damaging it. This does not apply if the Old Device is prepared for reuse with the participation of a public waste management authority.

3. Possibilities for the Return of Old Devices
Owners of Old Devices from private households can return those free of charge to the collection points of the public waste management authorities or to the take-back points set up by manufacturers or retailers as defined by ElektroG. Stores with a sales area of at least 400m² for electrical and electronic equipment and grocery stores with a total sales area of at least 800m² that offer electrical and electronic equipment several times a year or on a permanent basis are obliged to take back Old Devices. This also applies in case of distribution using means of distance communication, if the storage and shipping areas for electrical and electronic equipment are at least 400m² or the total storage and shipping areas are at least 800m². Distributors shall, as a matter of principle, ensure take-back by providing suitable return facilities at a reasonable distance from the respective end user. The obligation of accepting an Old Device free of charge exists for retailers, among other things, if a new device of the same type, which essentially fulfills the same functions, is supplied to the end user. If a new device is delivered to a private household, the similar waste device may also be handed over there for collection free of charge; this applies in case of distribution using means of distance communication to devices in categories 1, 2 or 4 as defined in Section 2 (1) of ElektroG, namely "heat transmitters", "display screen equipment" or "large devices" (the latter with at least one external dimension exceeding 50cm). End users shall get asked about their intention to return the equipment when they conclude a purchase contract. In addition, there is the possibility of free return to the collection points of the retailers, independently of the purchase of a new device, for such Old Devices, which are not larger than 25cm in any external dimension. This option is limited to three Old Devices per type of device.

4. Data Protection Notice
Old Devices often contain sensitive personal data. This applies in particular to information and telecommunications technology devices such as computers and smartphones. In your own interest, please note that each end user is responsible for deleting the data on the Old Device to be disposed of.

5. Meaning of the Symbol "Crossed-Out Dustbin”
The symbol of a crossed-out dustbin regularly depicted on electrical and electronic equipment indicates that the respective device must be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its service life.