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Disposal of old appliances / Battery Act (BattG)

Information for private households on the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment

The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) contains numerous requirements for the handling of electrical and electronic equipment. The most important ones are summarised here.

1. Separate collection of waste equipment
Electrical and electronic equipment that has become waste is referred to as WEEE. Owners of WEEE must dispose of it separately from unsorted household waste. In particular, WEEE does not belong in household waste, but in special collection and return systems.

2. Batteries and rechargeable batteries
As a rule, owners of WEEE shall separate spent batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed in the WEEE from the latter before handing them over at a collection point. This does not apply if the WEEE is handed over to public waste management authorities and separated from other WEEE there for the purpose of preparation for re-use.

3. Options for returning old appliances
Owners of WEEE from private households can hand it in at the collection points of the public waste management authorities or at the take-back points set up by manufacturers or distributors as defined by the ElektroG. An online directory of collection and take-back points can be found here:

WEEE registration number
All products in this shop that fall under the ElektroG are delivered directly to the customer by InnoCigs.
As a manufacturer within the meaning of the ElektroG, InnoCigs GmbH & Co. KG is registered with the responsible foundation Elektro-Altgeräte Register (BennoStrauß-Str. 1, 90763 Fürth) under the following registration number: WEEE-Reg.-Nr. DE 84084940.

Note on the disposal of used batteries

Meaning of the “crossed-out bin” symbol
The symbol of a crossed-out bin regularly depicted on electrical and electronic equipment indicates that the respective device is to be collected separately from unsorted municipal waste at the end of its service life.

The following notice is addressed to those who use batteries or products with built-in batteries and no longer resell them in the form in which they were delivered to them (end users):

a. Free return of used batteries Batteries must not be disposed of with household waste. You are legally obliged to return used batteries so that proper disposal can be ensured. You can return used batteries to a municipal collection point or to your local retailer.

As a distributor of batteries, we are also obliged to take back used batteries, although our take-back obligation is limited to used batteries of the type that we carry or have carried in our range as new batteries. You can therefore return used batteries of the aforementioned type to us with sufficient postage: HighQVape Returns, Alte Post 10, 44869 Bochum, Germany.

b. Meaning of the battery symbols
Batteries are marked with the symbol of a crossed-out dustbin (see below). This symbol indicates that batteries must not be disposed of in household waste. For batteries containing more than 0.0005% mercury by mass, more than 0.002% cadmium by mass or more than 0.004% lead by mass, the chemical name of the respective pollutant is given below the dustbin symbol – “Cd” stands for cadmium, “Pb” for lead and “Hg” for mercury.”