From July, supermarkets and discounters will also have to take back e-waste. This has advantages for customers, but is also subject to conditions.
Update from June 13th: Customers can rejoice! From July 1st, supermarkets and discounters such as Kaufland and Lidl will have to take back e-waste. In detail, this means: If grocers have at least 800 square meters of total sales area and sell electrical and electronic equipment several times a year or permanently, they are legally obliged to take them back.
Important for customers are the conditions to which the return is linked. Electrical devices with an edge length of less than 25 centimeters must be taken back free of charge and without the purchase of a new device. The following applies to larger electronic waste: The dealer only has to take it back if a new device with a similar function is purchased. Customers must be informed of these new possibilities by means of notices.
Lidl, Kaufland & Co. have to take back electronic waste: change in July for customers
And that seems to be a problem right now. As the German Environmental Aid (DUH) writes in a press release dated June 3, a survey of supermarkets and drugstores showed that many concepts for taking back and recycling e-waste are still inadequate.
“A return at the supermarket checkout, as is planned at Aldi Süd, will put pressure on customers. Stressful, unpleasant situations upon return are inevitable. Even a sign, as planned by Lidl, does not provide customers with sufficient information about their return rights,” explains DUH Federal Managing Director Barbara Metz.
The DUH is therefore calling on supermarkets and discounters to provide customers with extensive information on the possible return of electronic waste and to develop consumer-friendly return concepts. The purpose would be a good one: the aim is to increase the low collection rate for waste electrical equipment from 44.1 percent in 2020 – the statutory requirement is 65 percent.
Lidl and Kaufland: Change is coming in 2022 – customers have this right
First report from December 16, 2021: The turn of the year is now just around the corner – 2021 becomes 2022, and with the new year comes new rules for Germany. Supermarkets and discounters are also affected. The Neckarsulm-based Schwarz Group with its subsidiaries Lidl and Kaufland is not unaffected by this. Here, too, a very important regulation will change in 2022, which can bring relief for customers.
Because food retailers like the supermarket giant Kaufland often also sell mobile phones, computers, televisions and kitchen appliances. Therefore, from January 1, 2022, they will also have to take back old devices. A new law comes into force for this purpose. But who has to accept all the e-waste, and which devices can be handed in?
First of all, every retailer who offers electronic devices several times a year must also take back old devices in the future. In addition to Lidl and Kaufland, Rewe, Edeka and such as Netto are also affected. However, shops that do not regularly offer electrical appliances are also obliged to accept electronic waste under certain conditions from January 1, 2022 – the condition is that their shop area is more than 800 square meters.
The devices that can be handed over to discounters and supermarkets such as Lidl and Kaufland from January include light bulbs, toasters, coffee machines, blenders and smartphones – but the small devices must not be larger than 25 centimeters. ruhr24.de reports on the extent to which Aldi, Edeka and Rewe will be offering the new service in the future*.
Change of rules in 2022 at Kaufland and Lidl – online retailers will also have an obligation from 2022
And online retailers are also likely to bear more responsibility from 2022, because they too should offer their customers a free collection and disposal service for old devices with every purchase of new electronic devices. But this procedure is already no longer unusual, especially in online trading – for example, offers otto.de already offers a pick-up service for old devices.
But why is this new regulation now being applied nationwide to Germany? The Federal Environment Ministry justifies this as follows: It is assumed that the recycling rate in Germany will increase significantly as a result of the new collection and pick-up service. Former Environment Minister Svenja Schulze says that old devices have ended up in the basement, in the garage or in drawers.
New regulation from 2022: Why customers can now hand in their old devices
But what is even worse: Electronic waste often simply ends up in the residual waste bin. This should be avoided in the future by the new old device regulation 2022. As Schulze explains, easily accessible collection points are “the best way to properly dispose of old electronic devices. If old devices are properly collected, pollutants can be reliably removed and valuable raw materials can be recovered.
That is why the federal government wants to make it as easy as possible for consumers to return old electronic devices. All discounters and supermarkets – including Lidl and Kaufland – will receive a uniform label when the amendment to the law comes into force. The crossed-out bin is already being used by electronics retailers such as Media Markt and Saturn.
Kaufland and Lidl: The Schwarz Group is changing – everything is changing
However, it may be that customers with Lidl, Kaufland and Co. still have to be patient – because the change in the law on the return of old devices, which is to apply from January 2022, will have a transitional period. This allows discounters and supermarkets to develop their take-back system in peace. By July 1, 2022 at the latest, each of these shops must finally take back electronic devices free of charge.
But the return of electronic devices is not the only change for 2022. Since Monday, there has also been a new ban at Lidl, Kaufland and Co. This refers to plastic bags, some of which are no longer allowed to be sold. But how mannheim24.de* reported, there are also exceptions to the plastic bag ban.
Incidentally, Kaufland and Lidl have set their own goals for 2022. First of all, the Schwarz Group, based in Neckarsulm, wants to continue working on its sustainability goals, but a lot should also happen in terms of animal welfare. Not only that Lidl and Kaufland want to do without fresh meat from husbandry level 1 from 2022 – Lidl announced another measure at the “Lidl Animal Welfare Dialogue in Berlin” to support German pig farmers. Kaufland has now also followed the so-called 5xD rule. *echo24.de, mannheim24.de and ruhr24.de are offers from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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