Bitkom Servicegesellschaft mbH
Stefanie Kutzera
Leitung / Head of WEEE-FULL-SERVICE
Tel.: +49.30.27576-413
Fax: +49.30.27576-51413
ElektroG /

ElektroG / WEEE

Pursuant to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) every manufacturer is obliged to provide annual evidence of an insolvency-proof guarantee for financing the collection and disposal of the electrical and electronic equipment it has put into circulation after 24 November 2005 and which may be used in private households.


Status Implementation (Subject to alteration)

18 February 2014 Publication of the Draft
November 2014 until February 2015 Notification of the Draft
11 March 2015 Agreement by the German Federal Cabinet
8 May 2015 Statement of Federal Council of Germany
2 July 2015 Passing of the Law through the German Parliament ("Bundestag")
10 July 2015 Passing of the Law through the Federal Council ("Bundesrat")
24 October 2015 Commencement of the new German WEEE Law

24 January 2016

Expiration of the transitional Period for Lamps and Photovoltaic Modules,
Deadline for the application for continuance for Lighting Equipment,
Deadline for the report of producers rsp. distributors that voluntarily took back EEA (§46 Abs. 7)

1 February 2016

New allocation of Types of Equipment / Collection Groups

24 April 2016 Re-Registration of foreign Companies through Authorized Representative
24 July 2016 Collection Duty for Retailers ("Handelsrücknahme")
1 June 2017

Fine (up to 100,000 €) for companies who do not comply with their Collection Duty for Retailers ("Handelsrücknahme")

Fine for companies who fall under the Collection Duty for Retailers ("Handelsrücknahme") and who do not have a Waste Management Representative ("Abfallbeauftragten")

Definition of the amount of electronic products which retailers have to take back from consumers under their Collection Duty: 5 electronic devices per Collection Group

15 August 2018 Open Scope (6 Categories and new Allocation of Collection Groups)


Further links (German only):
 German WEEE law 

 FAQ about the new Elektrogesetz

 Fee regulation of stiftung ear

 FAQ of the Federal Government


The draft lists the following changes:


  • An open scope for all electrical and electronic devices as of 2018
  • Mandatory registration of photovoltaic modules
  • Mandatory registration for luminaires in private households and changes in Lighting Equpiment (see here)


  • Nomination of an authorized representative and re-registration for companies with no subsidiary

Opting-Out (i.e. community markets WEEE):

  • Extension of the period to two years

Collection / Treatment of WEEE :

  • Collection rate: higher objectives (2016: 45%, 2019: 65% of marketed EEE)
  • Collection groups: Changes in the allocation, see News
  • Implementation of a collection system for retailers with a sales area of at least 400sqm: 1:1 collection (collection of a similar WEEE device when purchasing a new one), 0:1 collection for wholesalers (for WEEE devices with an edge length of < 25cm) 5% increase of recycling rates
  • Publication of a list of certified recycling plants

Prevention of illegal exports:

  • Differentiation between used devices and WEEE for Export


The ElektroG is the implementation in national law of European Union Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment WEEE I and WEEE II accordingly.

The aim of the ElektroG is to broaden the responsibility of manufacturers to cover responsibility for the whole life cycle of the products they place on the market. It does this by making producers themselves responsible for the return and disposal of equipment according to particular environmental standards. In order to ensure this, as of 24 March 2006 private households must place their waste electrical and electronic equipment in a local authority collection separate from other domestic waste.

To co-ordinate the disposal on a nation-wide basis, manufacturers are obligated to establish and finance a "Clearing House". With its decision of 6 July 2005 The Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) charged the private foundation stiftung elektro-altgeräter register (stiftung ear) with the responsibilities of a "National Clearing House". Thus stiftung ear carries out all the functions required by law for the implementation of the ElektroG.

Process Flow

On 24 November 2005 registration with stiftung ear became mandatory.

Without proper registration manufacturers are no longer allowed to market their products!

A distinction is made between equipment for private (B2C) and exclusively commercial (B2B) uses. Manufacturers who bring equipment for private use into circulation must comply with the following obligations:

  • Since 24 March 2006: obligation to mark and identify "new waste equipment" and duty to accept the return of electronic and electrical equipment.
  • Annual submission of proof of an insolvency-proof guarantee for financing the return and disposal of waste equipment.

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