International Trade, International Obligations

There is recycling legislation in every country - that is a fact. And it is in no way uniform. However, the onus is always on retailers who are consistently made liable by legislators. It is not only the laws that apply in the country of your own company that apply. Much rather, retailers must comply with all of the regulations in every single country that they supply.


The Trinity of Recycling: These Areas are Concerned


Electrical Equipment

In principle, every item that uses, conducts or measures electricity is deemed to be electrical or electronic equipment. This includes televisions and fridges, as well as USB sticks, safes with electronic locks and furniture with integrated lighting. Extensive duties apply worldwide to retailers.



There are also nationally valid laws all over the world for the distribution of device and vehicle batteries. These apply to batteries of any size or shape, irrespective of whether they are rechargeable or not. As well as registration and disposal, distribution bans for certain batteries also play a great role.



It is omnipresent in e-commerce: packaging. Whether in the form of the sales packaging printed by the manufacturer or the shipping carton filled by the retailer. Worldwide laws result in financial participation in a disposal system for e-commerce retailers.

What to Expect in the White Paper

This white paper is designed to support you to identify the obligations that apply to your company with respect to return, disposal and recycling and the regulations on which they are based. By reading it, you will gain the requisite basic understanding of the matter to be able to assess the amount of work involved in ensuring that you meet your national and international obligations with legal certainty.

Among other things, find out ...

  • what duties apply in national and international trade
  • when online retailers are held liable
  • what traps await from the regionally different laws
  • what legal stumbling blocks you have to watch out for
  • what potential sanctions are impending in the event of infringements
  • the extent to which the legislation differs for electrical equipment, batteries and packagings