Under the Germany Act Governing the Sale, Return and
Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electrical and
Electronic Equipment (ElektroG) which came into
force on August 13th 2005, the financing of collection
and recycling of any waste electrical and electronic
equipment (WEEE) arising from equipment bought
before August 13th 2005 is the customers responsibility.
This is regardless of whether the old equipment
is being replaced by a new item of equipment purchased
from Black Box. Waste arising from equipment purchased
before August 13th 2005 is referred to as Historic WEEE.
Under the ElektroG Act, Black Box is required to finance
the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery
of any new electrical and electronic equipment
that you buy from them after August 13th 2005,
when that new equipment eventually becomes waste.
This is referred to as New WEEE. Customers using
Black Box products should note that producer responsibility
obligations to take back New WEEE do not begin
in full in Germany until 24 March 2006.
Black Box products are very competitively priced. Any
new increase in operating costs for manufacturers
such as Black Box is normally reflected in a price
increase in the product. However, instead of increasing
the prices of our products Black Box has decided
to share these new environmental costs directly
with our customers. We believe in being transparent
with you on any new environmental costs that our
products need to address.
Our approach to sharing these new environmental costs are:
Black Box has established a recycling contract with
the European Advanced Recycling Network
(EARN) and will cover any costs of treatment,
recycling and recovery of the equipment on arrival
at the EARN facility in Germany . All
New WEEE that arises from the purchase of Black
Box products is classed as non-hazardous waste*.
*Black Box customers sending equipment for recycling
are advised that you MUST remove all batteries
PRIOR to collection to avoid the equipment being
classed as hazardous waste
It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for
costs of collection and transportation to EARN.
Under the German ElektroG Regulations, you
are free to use any carrier you wish to collect
and transport the New WEEE to the EARN
In order to help EARN identify Black Box
equipment upon arrival to the recyclers' address,
please click on the link below to download the
recycling label to be used. Please complete this
label with your company details and attach it
to a suitable box for transport to EARN.
» Recycling Label for Germany Customers
WEEE Reporting Recycling Data for Black Box equipment in Germany
Under Part 2, Section 13 of ElektroG, Black Box dealers
must provide annual information of the quantities
and categories of electrical and electronic equipment
put on the market, reused, recycled and recovered
The first WEEE recycling report will cover the period
March 2006 to February 2007. EARN will
prepare the recycling data report for Black Box.
Information in the EARN recycling data
report will be summarised on the Black Box website
when it becomes available.