Germany misses the collection target for electronic waste

Released on 25.10. 2021

  • The disposal of electronic waste will be easier next year. Photo: Marcel Kusch

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65 percent is the minimum collection target for e-waste. But Germany is still a long way from that.

Dessau-Roßlau (dpa) – Germany has 2019 the collection target for electronic waste according to the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) missed.

In total 067. 067 Tons of old electrical appliances collected by municipalities, dealers and manufacturers in Germany, as an evaluation by the UBA showed. This corresponds to a collection rate of 44, 3 percent. Since 2019 applicable in all EU countries of 65 percent was clearly missed.

The Federal Environment Agency hopes for improvement through the amended Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG), the 2022 comes into force. «The changes are an important step. For example, starting July 1 2022, food discounters are also supposed to take back old electrical appliances – this means that old appliances can be disposed of close to the consumer and with the weekly shopping “, said UBA President Dirk Messner.

Retailers, manufacturers and municipalities would have to get more involved and further improve collection and return options, for example through more accessible recycling centers or more flexible acceptance times, he demanded: « Too many old devices are still being disposed of outside the correct path. ”

Better information for consumers is also important. “Too many old devices are still not disposed of correctly: Small old devices such as electric toothbrushes or alarm clocks often end up in the general waste or are disposed of with packaging waste. Or they remain in drawers and basements without being disposed of, ”complained the Federal Environment Agency. At the same time, the amount of new electrical appliances is increasing steadily and significantly.

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