E waste contains toxic substances and requires proper disposal. Since the start of use of domestic electrical appliances in private households in Germany, the country has been gradually developing its laws governing the management of e-waste.
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E waste contains toxic substances and requires proper disposal. Since the start of use of domestic
electrical appliances in private households in Germany, the country has been gradually developing its
laws governing the management of e-waste.
Development of E Waste Management in
Germany started to use domestic electrical
appliances in private households in the
early fifties. In the late sixties, the use had
taken off. In this period, electronic devices beyond TVs, radios and tape recorders, stereo equipment and
video players, were not common in the households. The municipalities were in charge of waste
management including e-waste. E-waste was collected and disposed of untreated with other wastes on
In the Late Eighties and Early Nineties
In 1985, the stratospheric ozone hole was discovered. To prevent stratospheric ozone depletion, the
PuWaMA(public waste management authorities) started collecting and treating cooling and freezing
equipment. This was the first e-waste specific activities. According to statistics, in 1988, almost every
West German household had a refrigerator, and two thirds had a freezer.
The 1994 Substance Cycle Act
In the 1994 Substance Cycle Act, e-waste was not yet addressed specifically. However, the Act was the
base for the collection, treatment and disposal of e-waste between 1994 and 2006. Under the Act, the
PuWaMA are responsible for the collection, transport, treatment and disposal of e-waste. Private
consumers generally had to pay fees when handing in e-waste at the municipal collection point.
The European WEEE Directive and the German “ElektroG”
In 2003, the WEEE Directive was enacted in the EU. In 2005, the directive was transposed into German
legislation via adoption of the ElektroG. According to the ElektroG, the PuWaMA are responsible for the
collection of e-waste. Final holders and distributors can return WEEE from private households free of
charge. The producer shall organize and finance the logistics, treatment and disposal of this waste.
In July 2012, recast of WEEE Directive entered into
force, known as WEEE II. The new Directive
introduces an open scope. Currently it is being
transposed into German law via the amended
version of the ElektroG.
German Exceeds the Requirement
Under the old WEEE Directive, each member state must achieve an collection rate of at least 4kg per
person per year from private households. Germany’s collection rates ranged from 6.3 to 9.4 kg per capita
from 2006 to 2010.
WEEE II sets relative collection rates that from 2016 to 2018 the target rate will be 45 percent of the
average weight of electrical and electronic devices placed on the market in the preceding three years.
And in 2010, the collection rate in Germany surpassed 45 percent.
Germany generates about 150,000 tonnes of cable waste each year. Therefore, cable recycling in high
demand. We offer a range of copper cable granulators for breaking down cables into copper granules
and insulation granules separately. The test has showed that the separation rate is 99% approximately.