EARN Elektroaltgeräte Service GmbH

Since 2005 (electrical appliances) and 2006 (batteries), the European Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU) and Waste Batteries (Directive 2006/66/EC) have required manufacturers and distributors to, among other things, take responsibility for the take-back and recycling of their equipment.


EARN's services

EARN ensures that manufacturers and distributors of electrical equipment, batteries and the packaging required for distribution meet all the requirements of the respective national rules and laws. In detail, EARN's service includes the following:

  • Notification and registration of producers and distributors of electrical equipment, batteries as well as the necessary packaging with the national systems and/or authorities
  • Procurement of an authorised representative to fulfil the requirements, e.g. necessary in countries where producers do not have their own branch office but want to distribute products.
  • Provision and establishment of individually tailored take-back concepts as well as waste management plans for WEEE and spent batteries
  • Advice on the classification of products as B2C, B2B, portable batteries, industrial batteries, etc.
  • Reporting and notification of the quantities placed on the market per country
  • Country-specific take-back and return solutions for WEEE and spent batteries to fulfil the producer/distributor obligation
  • WEEE take-back for online retailers: elektroretoure24.de
  • Collection of WEEE from end-users, commercial and industrial enterprises, retailers and local authority collection points and their recovery/recycling in the respective country by the recycling network EARN