Officially, EU member states have to dispose of a minimum of 65 percent of their electronic waste via recycling centers, dealers and manufacturers and put it into the recycling cycle. According to the Federal Environment Agency, Germany only achieved 44.3 percent in 2019. This corresponds to 947,067 tons of electronic waste and thus around 443,000 tons less than targeted. The Federal Environment Agency is currently developing new strategies to massively improve the collection rate in the future. Above all, it wants to take manufacturers, dealers and municipalities more accountable and better inform citizens about disposal options and obligations.
2022 brings new duties and opportunities
The long-term goal is to establish a functioning circular economy. Old devices would have to be properly disposed of and prepared, pollutants safely removed from the material cycle and reusable raw materials recovered. In order to make it easier for consumers to properly dispose of them, collection points should in future offer more flexible operating times, be easier to reach and be clearly labeled. According to the Federal Environment Agency, the amount of electrical appliances put into circulation each year increased by 60 percent between 2013 and 2019. In 2019 alone there were 2.9 million tons in Germany.