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Disposal and environment

Information on take-back and obligations for traders & consumers

Notes on battery disposal

In connection with the sale of batteries or the delivery of devices containing batteries, we are obliged to inform you of the following
: You are legally obliged to return used batteries as an end user. You can return old batteries which we carry or have carried as new batteries in our range free of charge to our dispatch warehouse (AKF, Dresdener Straße 70A, D-02625 Bautzen). The symbols shown on the batteries have the following meaning:
The crossed-out dustbin symbol means that the battery must not be disposed of with household waste.

  • Cd = Battery contains more than 0.002 mass percent cadmium,
  • Hg = Battery contains more than 0.0005 mass percent mercury,
  • Pb = Battery contains more than 0.004 mass percent lead.

Special features when selling starter batteries

In connection with the sale of vehicle batteries, we are obliged, insofar as you are an end consumer pursuant to § 10 BattG, to charge a deposit of 7.50 euros per vehicle battery, including value-added tax, if you do not return an old vehicle battery at the time of purchase of a new vehicle battery. The deposit is not included in the purchase price and is shown next to the final price on the item.

If you return an old vehicle battery to us which we carry or have carried as a new battery in our range in accordance with § 9 BattG, we shall be obliged within the framework of the statutory provisions to take it back free of charge and refund the deposit amount.
If we have issued a deposit stamp in accordance with § 10 Para. 1 Sentence 3 BattG, the refund of the deposit on the return of the old vehicle battery shall depend on the return of the deposit stamp.

The place of return is the address listed in the imprint.

A return of the old battery by post is not permitted due to the dangerous goods regulation.

Used vehicle batteries can also be disposed of free of charge at recycling yards.
The deposit we charge will not be refunded by the public recycling and recycling facilities. There, however, you have the option of having the return of the old vehicle battery acknowledged on the deposit stamp. On presentation of the receipted deposit stamp you will receive the battery deposit back from us.

Old electrical appliances should not be disposed of with household waste

Since 24 March 2006, old electrical appliances must not be disposed of with household waste. The regulation applies to all electronic and electrical devices, from the electric toothbrush to the home solarium, from the washing machine to the digital camera, no matter how old. Lamps, fluorescent tubes and energy-saving lamps are also included. The devices are taken back free of charge by cities and municipalities. The return takes place at collection points or even a collection is offered. As a rule, existing collection systems (e.g. recycling centres, bulky waste collection) are used.