Mask, deposit, appliances, prices: what will change in the supermarket from 1 July

From 1 July, consumers can also dispose of their small broken appliances in the supermarket. At the same time, the new deposit rule officially comes into effect and there is also a risk that prices will be adjusted again.

Return appliances to the supermarket

Broken electric razor or toothbrush? Then off to Aldi or Edeka.

From 1 July it will be much easier for consumers in Germany to dispose of used electronic devices correctly. Because then even supermarkets and discounters will have to accept discarded kettles, razors or smartphones, regardless of whether they were purchased from them or not.

This is particularly practical and useful. Municipal recycling centers are often remote, difficult to reach and have shortened opening hours. By linking supermarkets and discounters to the electronic device recycling network, 25,000 additional return points will be created overnight for old electronic devices, the Federal Environment Agency stressed.

Returns are mandatory for small old electronic devices, regardless of whether you purchase a new device. This applies to older, larger devices when purchasing a new matching device.

FOCUS Online recommends: If you want to get rid of large devices and buy new ones at the same time, you should get them at an electronics store or online. In most cases, old devices will be disassembled, picked up and disposed of free of charge upon delivery.

How are electronic devices delivered to Edeka, Rewe, Aldi and Lidl?

“From 1 July 2022, our customers will be able to deliver household appliances to our stores”, promises supermarket giant Edeka upon request. Competitor Rewe even revealed what it should look like in concrete terms in its stores: “Customers just show up at the checkout, so it’s checked whether it’s worth getting the device back.” The devices would then be disposed of properly. According to the information, the same also applies to Netto Marken-Discount and Penny, the discount branches of the two retail giants.

Aldi also promises a “simple and straightforward return of old electrical and electronic equipment” to all German markets, as does Lidl. There, customers have to hand over the old devices to the cashier. “This corresponds to the customer’s learned practice of exchanging goods or returning them under our guarantee scheme,” the discounter stressed.

What applies to the obligation to wear a mask?

In view of the growing number of corona cases, the first supermarkets have issued a recommendation on face masks for supermarket employees. Internal letters are available to our editorial team. According to this, a Netto-Marken-Discount branch in southern Bavaria recommends that employees at the checkout and in the sales room wear a mask to protect themselves from possible contagion. In a Munich branch there is also an FFP2 obligation for cashiers.

At the beginning of June, many supermarkets and discounters had removed all protective measures such as disinfectants, distance signs and plexiglass glasses at the checkout. The first subsidiaries Rewe and Edeka are at least reporting the protective measures to the cash register.

Consumers are more likely to encounter supermarket workers wearing masks. The use of mouth and nose protection is currently recommended by the Federal Ministry of Health and not mandatory. However, a mask requirement may soon apply. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of crown cases in Germany is currently at a 7-day incidence of 686 per 100,000 population.

The deposit on fruit drinks will be final from 1 July

A transitional rule expires on 1 July 2022. So almost all beverage packaging is subject to a deposit. Juices, fruits, vegetables, coffee or mixed drinks in particular cost an additional 25 cent PET deposit. The larger producers had already made the change on January 1st. Smaller producers use the transition phase.

What changes? Many fruit and vegetable juices, apple wines or mixed drinks with alcohol were not affected by this one-way rule in Aldi Süd, Aldi Nord, Lidl, Rewe, Edeka, Hit or Kaufland. From 1 July, all manufacturers must apply for a deposit for plastic cans or bottles. An exception still applies to dairy products.

Prices may continue to rise

In the current phase of inflation, prices in supermarkets change almost weekly. In the previous week, yogurt, cheese, meat, juice and ketchup products had gotten more expensive. Price adjustments for grilled, mustard, chocolate, breakfast cereals and spreads are planned for the current week.

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