Waste disposal and environmental Regulations

Sustainable development and take-back of old equipment

The company informs customers that certain substances contained in electrical and electronic equipment may have potentially harmful effects on the environment and human health. For this reason, customers should dispose of their used electrical and electronic equipment at a specially designated collection point: materials collection point, municipal recycling centre, recycling workshops run by non-profit associations (e.g. Bundesverband Lebenshilfe e. V.).

The following symbol on your item means that it is an electrical or electronic appliance to be recycled when you no longer use it.

In application of the European Regulation of 2005 (2002/95 / EC and 2002/96 / EC), which applies to all European countries and in particular to Germany, all electrical and electronic equipment at the end of its service life that is obsolete or no longer functioning may not be thrown into the rubbish or into the recycling bins of the local authority (cf. § 10 para. 1 p. 2 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act).

This ordinance aims to limit the waste of raw materials and to protect the environment and human health by avoiding the dispersion in nature of substances contained in certain appliances.

For this reason, customers are advised to deposit any waste product at a designated collection point: Collection point, municipal waste collection centre, recycling workshops of non-profit associations (Bundesverband Lebenshilfe e. V.).

§ Section 10 (1) sentence 2 of the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act and Section 11 (2) of the German Battery Act require the customer as the owner of the batteries to remove the battery(ies) contained in the product, if any, from the product and to deposit them separately at the designated collection points.

In addition, WMF undertakes to take back the old customer item purchased online free of charge.

Thus, when purchasing a new item, you can return the used item to us for recycling free of charge.

To do so, please contact us via the contact form within 4 days after the purchase.

Please note: The used item you are returning must be securely packaged before it is returned by post.

Upon receipt of your request via email, we will then issue you with a pre-paid return label which will be emailed to you so that you can return your device free of charge.


References to the German Electrical and Electronic Law (ElektroG) and Battery Law (BattG)

Electrical and electronic appliances may not be disposed of as part of the household garbage. Consumers can drop off their used electrical appliances at no cost at one of the local collection points.The product contains batteries necessary for its use. The description of the batteries and their safe removal are described in the chapter Changing the batter-ies/maintenance.Used batteries may not be placed in the household garbage. Consumers are required to take the batteries to a suitable collection point at shops or their local community. They can also be returned after use to the place where they were bought at no cost.Used batteries may possibly contain harmful substances or heavy metals which can damage the environment and your health. Batteries can be recycled, they contain important raw materials like iron, zinc, manganese, and nickel.The symbol of a garbage bin with a line through it means: Used and rechargeable batteries may not be placed in the household garbage.The sign underneath the garbage bin stands for:Pb: battery contains more than 0.004 % leadCd: battery contains more than 0.002 % cadmiumHg: battery contains more than 0.0005 % mercury.

The symbol with the crossed out refuse bin means:

Batteries and rechargeable batteries may not be disposed of in the household rubbish.

The symbols under the refuse bin stand for:

Pb: Battery contains more than 0.004% lead

Cd: Battery contains more than 0.002 % cadmium

Hg: Battery contains more than 0.0005 % mercury

French product identification "Triman" for recyclable and separately collected products

Regulation No 2014-1577 entered into force on 1 January 2015 in France.

The "Triman" logo is a uniform product label that informs consumers whether a package is recyclable, subject to extended manufacturer’ responsibility and collected separately in France. With the image of the Triman logo on our website we are able to fulfill our responsibility for the use of environmentally friendly packaging.