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German legislation: the ‘ElektroG’

  • The ‘ElektroG’ transposes the provisions of the WEEE Directive and regulates the distribution of electrical and electronic equipment on the German market as well as the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE.

  • The ‘ElektroG’: Facts & Figures

    The ‘ElektroG’: Facts & Figures
    Came into force on13.08.2005
    Contents when passedcombines the RoHS (2002/95/EC) & WEEE (2002/96/EC) Directives
    Goalsto reduce the amount of hazardous substances contained in EEE (RoHS Directive: restricted substances), to avoid and reduce volumes of WEEE by re-using the materials (recovery, collection & recycling)
    Latest versionfull text (German)
  • Collection groups as stipulated by the ‘ElektroG’

    The ‘ElektroG’ defines the collection of the current six WEEE categories ( since 15.08.2018) listed in the WEEE Directive into six collection groups (Section 14(1) ‘ElektroG’).


    • Collection group 1: temperature exchange equipment

      • Temperature exchange equipment (e.g. refrigerators, air conditioners)

    • Collection group 2: screens, monitors and equipment, containing screens having a surface >100sqcm

      • Screens, monitors and equipment, containing screens having a surface >100sqcm (e.g TV-Sets, monitors, tablets, laptops)

      Devices with built-in lithium-ion batteries are to be collected separately in pallet cages. ADR regulations apply.


    • Collection group 3: lamps

      • Lamps (e.g. fluorescent tubes, low energy light bulbs, LEDs)

    • Collection group 4: large equipment

      • Large equipment with at least one external dimension >50cm (e.g. washing machines, ovens, large microwaves)

      Devices with built-in lithium-ion batteries are to be collected separately in pallet cages. ADR regulations apply.

      Night storage heaters are to be collected separately on pallets. Special provisions apply.


    • Collection group 5: small equipment and small IT and telecommunication equipment

      • Small equipment (no external dimension >50cm) (e.g. hair dryier, toaster)
      • Small IT and telecommunication equipment (e.g. phones, cell phones, photo cameras)

      Devices with built-in lithium-ion batteries are to be collected separately in pallet cages. ADR regulations apply.


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    • Collection group 6: Photovoltaics

      • Solar panels

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