Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act in Germany WEEE directive

The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act is the implementation of the WEEE directive in Germany.

The objective of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act in Germany is to ensure the proper disposal, respectively recycling of electrical devices by the manufacturers, importers, exporters or traders. This means for the end user that they are allowed to deliver quantities usual for households at regional collecting points (more than 1’500 points in Germany).

Due to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act companies in Germany are only allowed to offer electrical devices for purchasing, if they are registered with such products at the Stiftung Elektro Altgeräte Register (EAR) (=Index of used electrical devices) and if they dispose of a German registration number.

Beside the registration, the company has to comply with other regulations in Germany, such as e.g. the monthly quantity notification, the nation-wide disposal, annual updating of the registration including trusteeship and warranty system.