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Change from July: Lidl, Kaufland & Co. – customers receive new rights

At Julia, customers can also deliver electronic waste to Kaufland and Lidl, under certain conditions.

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From July, supermarkets and discounters will also have to collect electronic waste. This has benefits for customers, but is also subject to conditions.

Update from June 13: Customers can rejoice! From 1 July supermarkets and discounters such as Kaufland and Lidl will have to collect electronic waste. In detail, this means: If shopkeepers have at least 800 m2 of total sales area and sell electrical and electronic equipment several times a year or permanently, they are legally obliged to take it back.

Important for customers are the conditions to which the return is linked. Electrical devices with an edge length of less than 25 centimeters must be collected free of charge and without purchasing a new device. The following applies to larger electronic waste: The retailer only needs to take it back if a new device with a similar function is purchased. Customers must be informed of these new possibilities by means of notices.

Lidl, Kaufland & Co. have to collect electronic waste: change in July for customers

And this seems to be a problem right now. As the German Environmental Aid (DUH) writes in a June 3 press release, a survey of supermarkets and pharmacies showed that many concepts for the collection and recycling of electronic waste are still inadequate.

“A return to the supermarket checkout, as planned by Aldi Süd, will put the customers under pressure. Stressful and unpleasant situations upon return are inevitable. Even a sign, as planned by Lidl, does not provide customers with enough information about their return rights, “explains Barbara Metz, Federal CEO of DUH.

DUH therefore asks supermarkets and discounters to provide customers with detailed information on the possible return of e-waste and to develop consumer-friendly return concepts. The purpose would be good: the goal is to increase the low collection rate for waste electrical equipment from 44.1 percent in 2020 – the statutory requirement is 65 percent.

Lidl and Kaufland: the change will come in 2022: customers have this right

First report dated December 16, 2021: The turning point of the year is now just around the corner: 2021 will become 2022 and with the new year there will also be new rules for Germany. Also affected are supermarkets and discount stores. The Schwarz Group headquartered in Neckarsulm with its subsidiaries Lidl and Kaufland is not excluded from this, also here in 2022 a very important regulation will change, which can bring relief to customers.

Because grocery retailers like supermarket giant Kaufland also often sell cell phones, computers, televisions and kitchen appliances. Therefore, from January 1, 2022, they will also have to withdraw the old devices. To this end, a new law comes into force. But who has to accept all electronic waste and which devices can be delivered?

First of all, any retailer who offers electronic devices several times a year must also take back the old devices in the future. In addition to Lidl and Kaufland, Rewe, Edeka and as Netto are also interested. However, stores that do not regularly offer home appliances are also obliged to accept electronic waste under certain conditions as of January 1, 2022 – as long as their store area is greater than 800 square meters.

Devices that can be delivered to discount stores and supermarkets such as Lidl and Kaufland since January include light bulbs, toasters, coffee machines, blenders and smartphones, but small devices must not exceed 25 centimeters. ruhr24.de reports to what extent Aldi, Edeka and Rewe will offer the new service in the future *.

Rules change in 2022 in Kaufland and Lidl – online retailers will also have an obligation from 2022

And online retailers should also take on more responsibility starting in 2022, because they too should offer their customers a free collection and disposal service for old devices with every purchase of new electronic devices. But this procedure is no longer unusual, especially in online trading, for example offers otto.de already offers a pickup service for old devices.

But why is this new regulation now being applied nationally to Germany? The Federal Ministry of the Environment justifies this as follows: it is assumed that the recycling rate in Germany will increase significantly due to the new collection and collection service. According to former Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the old devices ended up in the basement, garage or drawers.

New regulation from 2022: why customers can now hand over their old devices

But what’s even worse: e-waste often simply ends up in the residual waste bin. This should be avoided in the future by the new old device regulation 2022. As Schulze explains, easily accessible collection points are “the best way to properly dispose of old electronic devices. If old devices are collected correctly, pollutants can be reliably removed and valuable raw materials can be recovered.

Stores with a sales area of ​​over 800 square meters and which themselves sell electronic devices several times a year will have to accept old devices such as electric toothbrushes or mobile phones in the future.

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That’s why the federal government wants to make it as easy as possible for consumers to return old electronic devices. All discounters and supermarkets, including Lidl and Kaufland, will receive a uniform label when the new law comes into effect. The crossed out bin is already used by electronics retailers such as Media Markt and Saturn.

Kaufland and Lidl: The Schwarz Group is changing, everything is changing

However, customers of Lidl, Kaufland and Co. may still have to wait, as the amendment to the Return of Old Devices Act, which will apply from January 2022, will have a transition period. This allows discounters and supermarkets to develop their own take-back system with confidence. By July 1, 2022, each of these stores will finally have to pick up their electronic devices for free.

But the return of electronic devices is not the only change for 2022. Since Monday there is also a new ban at Lidl, Kaufland and Co. These are plastic bags, some of which can no longer be sold. But how mannheim24.de* reported, there are also exceptions to the plastic bag ban.

Incidentally, Kaufland and Lidl have set their own goals for 2022. First, the Neckarsulm-based Schwarz Group wants to continue working on its sustainability goals, but a lot should also happen in terms of animal welfare. Not only do Lidl and Kaufland want to do without fresh meat from farm level 1 from 2022 – Lidl has announced another measure at the “Lidl Animal Welfare Dialogue in Berlin” to support German pig farmers. Kaufland has now also followed the so-called 5xD rule. *echo24.de, mannheim24.de and ruhr24.de are offered by IPPEN.MEDIA.

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