The Austrian Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) Ordinance took effect on 13 August 2005, and the Batteries Ordinance became effective on 26 September 2008. What does that mean for you as a consumer? You are encouraged to separate old electrical and electronic equipment as well as batteries and drop them off, free of charge, at designated collection facilities.
In addition, your retailer/distributor is obligated to take back old equipment when you buy a replacement (same type/function). Shops with a sales area of less than 150 m² are exempt from the take-back obligation, if customers are informed of this fact with a clearly visible sign. You can always return spent batteries even if you are not buying new ones.
Labelling of EEE and batteries
Electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market after 13 August 2005 is marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. The same goes for batteries placed on the market after 26 September 2008. This symbol means that these types of waste must be collected separately, treated and recovered. Even though older EEE and batteries are not marked with this symbol, they must still be disposed of separately from normal household waste. (List of examples – German only)
Professional waste services help protect human health and the environment
Manufacturers, wholesalers/retailers and importers have a legal responsibility to ensure the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of WEEE and waste batteries. ERA offers a complete WEEE compliance service for obligated businesses and sees to the professional and environmentally sound collection, recovery and (wherever possible) recycling of WEEE and batteries. In this way, we prevent hazardous substances from leaking into the environment, where they would ultimately pose a threat to human health.
Recycling helps save natural resources
Many electrical and electronic devices contain valuable raw materials, like aluminium or iron. Batteries contain a range of metals that can be recovered, like zinc, manganese or iron. Retrieving these materials helps save natural resources – and it helps reduce waste arisings.