Old electrical and electronic products contain recyclable materials and therefore do not belong in household waste!
For this reason, you as a consumer are obliged under the Electrical Act applicable in Germany (“Law on the Placing on the Market, Take-Back and Environmentally Friendly Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment”) to ensure proper disposal separately from household waste. To make this clear, all newly placed electrical and electronic products placed on the market have been marked with the symbol of a crossed-out garbage can since 2005, as a visible sign of resource conservation and environmental protection.
The Electrical Act bindingly regulates what happens to the collected electrical and electronic products:
They must be collected and transported in such a way that no dangerous substances can be released on the way. Certified waste disposal companies treat the products, render pollutants harmless and recover raw materials in complex processes, which are returned to the production process as secondary raw materials. For suitable old products, the legislator also requires an examination of whether reuse would be possible. Ideally, the old products can be refurbished and reused as good used ones. Especially smartphones, PCs and second-hand laptops may be suitable for a second or third life. In this respect, a professional collection and disposal of electrical and electronic products protects the climate and the environment and additionally protects the increasingly scarce resources of the earth.