Legal information for end users

Information according to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act and the Battery Act

Note according to § 18 ElektroG

The sign with the crossed-out waste garbage means that you may not dispose of an old electrical or electronic device in the household waste. It is your responsibility to take the old device and its individual components to a place for return or collection or to hand it over for reuse.

You are responsible for deleting personal data from your old devices. Reusing or recycling your old devices helps to conserve natural resources and, in the event of disposal, ensures that the old devices are recycled in a manner that does not pose a risk to human health or the environment.

Disposal via the usual residual waste may have adverse effects on the environment and human health due to hazardous substances in the old devices. Further information on the possibilities of returning or collecting old devices as well as handing them over for the purpose of reuse can be obtained in particular from your city or municipal administration or your local waste disposal authority.

Used batteries that are not permanently installed in the device must be removed from the device before being handed in at a collection or return point. Their disposal is regulated by the Battery Act.

Note according to § 18 BattG

Many of the devices sold by Techem contain removable batteries. The end user is legally obliged to return the used batteries. The used batteries can be returned free of charge to a municipal collection point or to local retailers or to Techem or a Techem branch.

Batteries and rechargeable batteries are clearly marked with the symbol of a crossed-out trash can.

The sign with the crossed-out waste garbage means that you may not dispose of batteries and accumulators in the household waste. Under this sign, if the legal requirements are met, the following symbols with the following meaning must be used when labeling the batteries:

  • Hg: battery contains more than 0.0005 mass percent mercury
  • Pb: battery contains more than 0.004 mass percent lead
  • Cd: Battery contains more than 0.002 mass percent cadmium

Used batteries may contain harmful substances that can harm the environment or your health if not stored or disposed of properly. However, batteries also contain important raw materials such as iron, zinc, manganese or nickel that can be recycled.