Professional disposal of lights and illuminants
Take-back obligation for electrical appliances
Since March 2006, consumers have been obliged under the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) to dispose of old lights, illuminants and fans (incandescent lamps are not affected, they can still be disposed of with household waste) in a professional and environmentally friendly manner. Products that can no longer be disposed of with household waste include:
Lamps and lights
Compact fluorescent lamps with or without ballast (energy saving lamps)
Fluorescent lamps (fluorescent tubes)
Discharge lamps (including metal halide lamps)
Batteries and accumulators
Options for returning old devices
Owners of old devices from private households can hand them in at the collection points of the public waste disposal authorities or at the take-back points set up by manufacturers or distributors in accordance with the ElektroG. An online directory of the collection and return points can be found here:
The symbol of a crossed-out garbage can, which is regularly shown on the electrical and electronic devices, indicates that the respective device must be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its service life.
Crossed out garbage can symbol
Correct handling of energy-saving lamps that have broken
Energy-saving lamps contain small amounts of mercury, which are, however, well below the legal limit values, so that they pose no health risk. However, some precautions should be taken in case an energy saving lamp breaks:
Carefully pick up the fragments with a damp cloth.
Pack them airtight in a plastic bag or mason jar.
Bring them to the pollutant collection point.
Avoid skin contact and then ventilate the room for 20 to 30 minutes.
Do not use a vacuum cleaner to pick up the fragments.
Further information on the electrical and electronic equipment law can be found on the homepage of our service partner WEEE Return GmbH under the following link: www.weee-return.de.