Where can I bring back my old equipment?
You can return it in municipal waste disposal centre or at the action SuperDrecksKëcht mobile or during a door to door collection held by certain municipalities. No such devices should be placed in bins with household waste.
Will I have to pay to put a device in a waste disposal centre?
Since the 1st of April 2006, all waste disposal centres accept old equipment from household for free.
Who pays the recycling fee ?
Any person or company who purchases a new device.
What does the symbol of the crossed-out wheeled bin means?
All appliances marked with the above symbol of a crossed-out wheeled bin may not be thrown in the bin with other waste and are to be collected separately.
Who created Ecotrel?
Ecotrel is a non profit making association that was created by importers of electrical and electronic equipments in Luxembourg after the publication of directives that have been transposed into Luxembourg law in order to ensure collection and recycling of these devices throughout Luxembourg.
When does the system of recycling fee came into force ?
The system of recycling fee came into force on the 1st of January 2006. The devices subject to these fees are listed in 10 categories :
1 Large household appliances
2 Small household appliances
3 Computing and telecommunications equipment
4 Audio-visual devices
5 Lighting equipment
6 Electrical and electronic tools (except large, fixed industrial tools)
7 Toys, leisure and sporting equipment
8 Medical devices (except implanted or infected products)
9 Surveillance and monitoring equipment
10 Automatic vending machines
What should I do if there is no recycling fee
on the unit I bought from my retailer?
If there is no recycling fee on the new equipment you bought, it is possible that your vendor participates in the Ecotrel system, but have simply omit to inform you that the selling price includes the recycling fee. It is also possible that this type of equipment is not affected by the Grand-ducal regulation (Example: an electric water heater). It is also possible that dealers do not respect the law of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
In all cases, you can ask the question to your dealer or to Ecotrel.
What happens to waste of electric and
The discarded appliances are sorted by category and routed to specific grouping centers. Depending on their nature, they will be manually disassembled for their clearance and the different fraction obtained sent to adapted treatment plants for recycling and extracting of secondary raw materials that can be reused by the industry. That's how ferrous metals will be reused in the steel industry for casting steel used to manufacture a range of products that surround our daily lives. Copper, zinc, aluminum will be used to manufacture electronic components or cables.
Plastics will meet as master batches which are then molded or extruded in various of plastic pieces used in many applications ranging from automotive to decoration.
Some devices are subject to special treatments. Old fridges contain CFCs or Freon gases responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer. These greenhouse effect gases are extracted for their elimination. Polyurethane foam residues from refrigerators insulation are used to make a powder used especially by fire brigades as oil and other hydrocarbon absorbent.
The CRT monitors contain heavy metals such as strontium, barium or lead, worth to be transformed in raw materials.
Finally, in general, even if Ecotrel encourages the reuse of certain electrical and electronic equipment such as mobile phones or small devices, we avoid reuse refrigerators, large white appliances and televisions that are often very inefficient compared with new appliances placed on the market by producers.