Starting January 1, a new rule will apply to large supermarkets and discount stores, which could be exciting for many customers.
Message of December 16, 2021: The turn of the year is just around the corner: 2021 will become 2022, and with the new year there will also be new rules for Germany. Supermarkets and discount stores are also affected. Neckarsulm-based Schwarz Group with its subsidiaries Lidl and Kaufland is no stranger to this, as a very important regulation will change here as well in 2022, which may bring relief to customers.
Because food retailers like supermarket giant Kaufland often also sell mobile phones, computers, televisions and kitchen appliances. Therefore, from January 1, 2022, they will also have to retire the old devices. A new law to this effect comes into force. But who has to accept all the e-waste, and which devices can be delivered?
Lidl and Kaufland: Change 2022: customers now have this right
First of all, all distributors that offer electronic devices several times a year must also withdraw old devices in the future. In addition to Lidl and Kaufland, Rewe, Edeka and Netto are also affected. However, stores that do not regularly offer household appliances are also required to accept e-waste under certain conditions from January 1, 2022: the condition is that their store area is more than 800 square meters.
Devices that can be delivered to discounters and supermarkets such as Lidl and Kaufland from January include light bulbs, toasters, coffee makers, blenders and smartphones, but small devices must be no larger than 10 inches. ruhr24.de reports on the extent to which Aldi, Edeka and Rewe will offer the new service in the future*.
Rule change in 2022 at Kaufland and Lidl: Online retailers will also have an obligation from 2022
And online retailers are also likely to take on more responsibility from 2022, because they should also offer their customers a free collection and disposal service for old devices with every new electronics purchase. But this procedure is no longer unusual, especially in online trading, for example, offers otto.de already offers a collection service for old devices.
But why is this new regulation now applied nationally in Germany? The Federal Ministry for the Environment justifies this as follows: The recycling rate in Germany is supposed to increase significantly as a result of the new collection and collection service. According to former Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, old devices used to end up in the basement, garage or drawers.
New regulation from 2022: why customers can now trade in their old devices
But what’s even worse: E-waste often just ends up in the waste dumpster. This should be prevented in the future by the new old device regulation 2022. As Schulze explains, easily accessible collection points are “the best way to correctly dispose of old electronic devices. If old devices are collected correctly, contaminants can be reliably removed and valuable raw materials can be recovered.
That’s why the federal government wants to make it as easy as possible for consumers to return old electronic devices. All discount stores and supermarkets, including Lidl and Kaufland, will receive a uniform label when the amendment to the law takes effect. The crossed-out bin is already being used by electronics retailers like 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 be patient, because the change in the law on the return of old devices, which will apply from January 2022, will have a transition period. This allows discount stores and supermarkets to develop their return system in peace. No later than July 1, 2022, each of these stores will finally have to remove electronic devices free of charge.
But the return of electronic devices is not the only change for 2022. Since Monday, there has also been a new ban at Lidl, Kaufland and Co. This concerns plastic bags, some of which can no longer be sold. . But how mannheim24.de* informed, there are also exceptions to the ban on plastic bags.
By the way, Kaufland and Lidl have set their own goals for 2022. First of all, 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 Lidl and Kaufland want to do without fresh meat from breeding level 1 from 2022: Lidl 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 offers from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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