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Old Electrical Appliances

Too damaging and too dangerous for the rubbish

Old electrical and electronic equipment may be too harmful in terms of waste, others contain hazardous substances and should therefore not be disposed of with household waste. In Germany, how such old electrical and electronic equipment is to be handled is regulated in the current ElektroG (“Act Governing the Sale, Return and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment”).

According to this law, owners of such old appliances must separate them from unsorted municipal waste for collection. In other words: such old appliances do not belong in the household waste, but must be disposed of separately! There are several possibilities for disposal, e.g. return to the dealers of electrical appliances or return to the local recycling facilities of the public waste disposal authorities.

To make this clear, all new electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market since 2005 is marked with the symbol of a crossed-out wheelie bin, which is a visible sign of resource conservation and environmental protection, as shown below:

Owners of waste electrical and electronic equipment should remove batteries and accumulators which are not completely sealed within the appliance before they are handed in at a collection point.

In addition, the consumer is solely responsible for ensuring that all personal data that may be contained on waste equipment is deleted before it is handed in at a collection point. The consumer is therefore legally obliged, in their own interest, to backup all existing data, such as messages, music, photos, etc., before they are handed in and then to delete them permanently from the waste equipment.

Not in the rubbish - where then? Quite simple: in order to permanently increase the actual quantity of waste electrical and electronic equipment taken back, retailers (dealers) of electrical and electronic equipment in Germany are obliged to take back waste electrical and electronic equipment from the end user (provided that their sales or shipping area is larger than 400 square metres, depending on whether they are static or distance sellers). In particular, the following statutory provisions apply:

  • Any small old appliance with an edge length up to 25 centimetres, i.e. no outer dimension of the old appliance is greater than 25 centimetres, must be taken back even if the customer does not buy anything in return (0:1 take-back). However, the take-back is limited to normal household quantities.
  • Larger old appliances with an edge length of more than 25 centimetres must only be accepted by the dealer if they sell something of the same type in return (1:1 take-back), i.e. old and new appliances must essentially fulfil the same functions and be assigned to an identical appliance category.

In Germany, Reuter works together with a service provider who takes over the transport and proper disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment. Please note that this method of return only applies to Germany.

In addition to returning old electrical equipment to Reuter, you can of course also return it to your local recycling centre - also free of charge.

How does the return of old electrical equipment work at Reuter?

If you as a customer purchase an electronic or electrical appliance from Reuter, you can return an old appliance of the same type that essentially performs the same functions as the new appliance.

After receipt of the order confirmation, please contact our customer service on +49 211/ 781 707 - 250 and inform our staff of your order number.

You will then receive an e-mail giving you direct access to our service provider's system where you can enter the necessary data. After entering the required data, you will receive a shipping label via our service provider's system, which you can then print out. After you have packed the old appliance that you wish to return in accordance with our service provider's instructions, you attach the shipping label to it and take it to the delivery point specified by the service provider. Done!

Please note that only old appliances that are returned this way will be accepted. We cannot process a return in any other way.

If you wish to return a small appliance, please proceed as follows:

First of all, contact our customer service on +49 211 / 781 707 - 250. You will then receive an e-mail giving you direct access to our service provider's system. Please note that you will have to provide us with an e-mail address for this purpose.

After entering the required data, you will receive a shipping label via our service provider's system, which you can then print out. After you have packed the old small device that you wish to return in accordance with our service provider's instructions, attach the shipping label to it and take it to the delivery point specified by the service provider. Done!

Please note that we only accept small devices that are returned this way. We cannot process a return in any other way. The quantity of small appliances that can be returned is also limited to normal household quantities.


All prices in Euro incl. 19 % MwSt., plus any applicable shipping costs
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1) From 2.000 € order value, you'll receive free shipping* every delivery with the corresponding value of goods is free for you within Germany (mainland only).
2) TOP! Manufacturer, recommended by Reuter: This manufacturer is particularly customer and service-oriented. Therefore, Reuter customers can generally expect particularly reliable and comprehensive information about the product and its delivery time as well as fast and uncomplicated handling in the event of a complaint.
3) TOP! Product, recommended by Reuter: This product is frequently bought by Reuter customers and rated by Reuter as especially high quality.
a) For items marked, "Immediately available", the delivery time within Germany is approx. 1-3 working days (parcel) or approx. 1-5 working days (pallet) from the date of dispatch. For items that are currently arriving or are not available, the approximate delivery time will apply from the next working day after the order depending on the selected payment method. Shipment will take place on the next working day after ordering if payment is made via buy now, pay later, bank transfer, credit card, cash on delivery, PostFinance Card, PostFinance E-Finance or iDeal. If payment is made in advance, the goods will be dispatched as soon as we have received the payment. A bank transfer can take 1-3 working days from the time the transfer order is submitted until payment is received. For items that are currently arriving or are not available, shipment will take place one working day after the item is available in our Logistics Centre, depending on the selected payment method. If shipment is due on a Sunday or public holiday, it will be postponed to the next working day. Saturdays are only considered working days for parcel delivery. The delivery time for parcels is approx. 1-3 working days from shipment and approx. 1-5 working days for delivery by a forwarding agent (pallet). Items with premium shipping are given special priority and are sent the same day if ordered before 2pm if payment is made via buy now, pay later, bank transfer, credit card, cash on delivery, PostFinance Card, PostFinance E-Finance or iDeal. If payment is made in advance, premium shipping takes place once payment has been received. The items remain reserved for an additional 5 days from the order date.


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