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E-waste disposal

According to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG), electrical and electronic equipment may not be disposed of with normal household waste.
The public waste disposal authorities (districts and independent cities) are obliged to take back old electrical appliances from citizens free of charge and to pass them on to the responsible manufacturers and distributors for further treatment and recycling or to recycle them themselves.
In most districts and independent cities, large appliances are taken along for bulky waste collection or separately and the small electrical appliances can be handed in at the collection points. Many retailers also take back old appliances in stores.
The disposal is already financed by the citizen at the time of purchase of the product, so that the disposal must then be free of charge for the citizen (product responsibility).

Process flow

Consultation with the public waste disposal authorities required

Who should I contact?

The public waste disposal authority responsible for you is the district or independent city of your place of residence.


Consultation with the public waste disposal authorities required

Which documents are required?

Please ask the public waste management authority responsible for you which documents you need to submit.

What are the fees?


Fee: free of charge

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Consultation with the public waste disposal authorities required

Processing duration


Legal basis

Act on the Placing on the Market, Take-Back and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act - ElektroG)

Waste disposal statutes of the districts and independent cities


Applications / forms

Consultation with the public waste disposal authorities required

Technically approved by

Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)