Disposal of lamps and batteries
Disposal of electrical and electronic equipment
Through the sale of electrical and electronic equipment, we are obliged to inform you of the following:
As a consumer, you are obliged by the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) to dispose of used luminaires and lamps safely and correctly. Accordingly, with the exception von incandescent lamps and halogen lamps,
- lamps and luminaires
- compact fluorescent lamps with or without ballast
- energy-saving lamps
- fluorescent lamps (fluorescent tubes)
- discharge lamps (incl. metal vapour lamps)
- LED lamps
must not be disposed of in household waste.
Options for returning old equipment
You can hand in your old equipment at the collection points of the public waste disposal authorities or at the collection points set up by manufacturers or dealers as laid down in the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act. In the online index of Recolight, you can find collection points where you can dispose of your old equipment properly. Link to the online index: https://www.recolight.co.uk/free-recycling/
When returning equipment which contains or may contain sensitive personal data, you as a consumer are yourself responsible for deleting such data.
The symbol of the crossed-out wheeled bin in accordance with Annex 3 of the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act informs you as a consumer that after use you must dispose of your electrical or electronic equipment separately from unsorted municipal waste, especially from household waste. If your old equipment contains old batteries that can be separated from your old equipment, these must be removed from your old equipment and handed in separately. Old batteries must not be disposed of together with household waste either. You will find more information at Disposal of batteries.
Breakage of energy-saving lamps – correct handling and disposal
Energy-saving lamps contain small quantities of mercury, but do not represent a hazard to your health since the quantities of mercury are below the statutory limits. Energy-saving lamps also contain valuable recyclable materials such as the fluorescent material or the electronic components. Should an energy-saving lamp break, please observe the following safety precautions:
- Avoid skin contact with the broken pieces!
- Carefully pick up the broken pieces with a damp cloth, adhesive tape or strong paper.
- Do not clean up the broken pieces with a vacuum cleaner!
- Pack the broken pieces in an airtight plastic bag or a jar with a screw lid.
- When finished, wipe with a damp cloth.
- Leave the room for at least 15 minutes and air the room for at least 20-30 minutes.
- Take the broken pieces in the plastic bag or jar to a collection point for hazardous waste.
For the correct disposal of your broken and non-functioning energy-saving lamps, dispose of them at the special collection points, at dealers’ shops or at the manufacturer’s, not in household waste or in the waste glass container.
Disposal of batteries
We are obliged to inform you of the following:
As a consumer, you are obliged by the German Battery Act (BattG) to dispose of used batteries safely and correctly.
Batteries contain valuable and recyclable materials such as zinc, iron, aluminium, lithium and silver. They may also contain heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium or lead. These may harm the environment and your health if they are not stored or disposed of correctly. The aforementioned damage/effects can only be avoided through the correct disposal and storage of batteries.
Options for returning old equipment
After use, batteries can be returned free of charge to the seller or at the special collection points. Consequently, old batteries must not be disposed of with household waste. This applies to all batteries, no matter whether they are rechargeable or not, or what shape, size, mass, material composition or utilisation they have. Old equipment in which batteries are permanently installed and thus cannot be removed must be returned to a collection point for electrical equipment.
The symbol of the crossed-out wheeled bin informs you as a consumer that you must collect and dispose of your batteries separately from unsorted municipal waste. On account of their hazardous contents, batteries must not be disposed of together with household waste. The symbol of the crossed-out wheeled bin informs you about the heavy metals your battery contains, and is decisive for separate disposal.
The following symbols, which you will find under the crossed-out wheeled bin, have the following meanings:
Cd = Battery contains more than 0.002 per cent by mass of cadmium
Hg = Battery contains more than 0.0005 per cent by mass of mercury
Pb = Battery contains more than 0.004 per cent by mass of lead