Waste Electrical Equipment – Notification
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The Elektroaltgeräteverordnung (EAG-VO) stipulates that notifications about the electrical equipment placed on the market and about the respective waste electrical equipment taken back and/or collected as well as reused and/or recycled waste electrical equipment must be transmitted electronically.
Persons subject to notification obligations
In the EAG-VO a distinction is made between the following roles:
- Producers (importers)
These are all those who irrespective of the sales method (including distance selling)
- Produce and sell electrical or electronic devices under their trade names
- Sell on equipment of other providers under their trade name; the resellers not being considered producers, if the trade name of the producer is applied on the device
- Import electrical and electronic equipment on a commercial basis to Austria or export it to Austria for the purpose of sale to the final consumer or
- Sell electrical or electronic equipment in Austria to others than to the final consumer, have their registered office in another EU Member State and have appointed an authorised representative in compliance with the Elektroaltgeräteverordnung to ensure fulfilment of the obligations arising out of the Elektroaltgeräteverordnung or
- Sell electrical or electronic equipment in Austria directly to the final consumer by using the means of distance communication and are established either in another EU Member State or in a third State.
- Collection and Recovery Systems for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
These are officially approved systems which ensure the collection and recovery of those waste electrical devices for which contracts with producers or importers have been concluded.
- Operators of Collection Points (collectors of waste electrical equipment)
These are collectors of waste electrical equipment according to section 24a of the Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz (AWG) and in particular operators of municipal collection points.
- Processors of Waste Electrical Equipment
These are processors for material and thermal recycling and/or disposal.
Enterprises placing electrical equipment on the market, taking it back and/or collecting it as well as reusing or recycling it
- Producers of electrical and electronic equipment for private households
They have to report electronically to the coordinating agency the amounts of electronic equipment placed on the market in Austria in the respective calendar quarter until seven weeks after the expiry of the quarter, if this is not effected by a contracted collection and recovery system.
- Producers of electrical and electronic equipment for commercial purposes
They must report to the coordinating agency the masses of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in Austria in the respective calendar quarter until the 10th of April of each calendar year for the previous calendar year.
- All producers
They must, for the previous calendar year, report the collected, recycled, and exported masses of waste electrical equipment separated according to collection and processing categories until the 10th of April of each calendar year to the coordinating agency. Furthermore the respective recycling quotas reached shall be indicated.
- Collection and recovery systems
They must report to the coordinating agency electronically for each calendar year a total sum, respectively, of the masses of electrical and electronic devices, separated according to collection and processing categories placed on the market in Austria, or imported for the purpose of own consumption by their participants until seven weeks after the expiry of the quarter to be reported. By means of this notification the respective reporting obligation of the producers participating in this recovery and collection system is fulfilled.
- All waste collectors (in particular communities or associations of communities) which take over waste electrical or electronic equipment from a final user and don’t give back these devices to the producers.
They must report for these devices until the 10th of April of each calendar year on the collected, recycled, and exported waste equipment to the coordinating agency.
- All waste processors processing waste electrical and electronic devices
They must make the recycling data available to the respective processor and/or collector subject to the reporting obligation.
The exact contents of the notification can be taken from the Elektroaltgeräteverordnung (EAG-VO).
- Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (→ BMK)
- Elektroaltgeräte Koordinierungsstelle Austria (→ EAK) (Austrian Coordinating Agency for Waste Electrical Equipment)
The notification takes place by electronic means via the EDM portal.
To submit one's notification, registration in the electronic master dater register is required, which must be applied for at the EDM portal of the Austrian Federal Ministry for
Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.
After the registration and the login (entry of the transmitted access data), the required notifications to the EDM portal can be carried out.
The EDM application enables, apart from the entry of the electrical equipment placed on the market by the producers, also the collection from the about 2,000 registered collection points, which are allocated via the collection coordination of the Austrian coordination centre (Abholkoordinierung der Elektroaltgeräte Koordinierungsstelle Austria) to a collection and recovery system.
No special documents are required.
Costs and fees
No tariffs or duties have to be paid.
- EDM portal (→ BMK)German text
Entrepreneurs registered in the Business Service Portal USP have the possibility to use EDM and many other online proceduresGerman text with one single logging into the USP. More detailed Information on the registration in the USP is available in the online guidance on USP Registration.German text
- Section 24a of the Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz 2002 (AWG 2002)
- Section 5a of the Konsumentenschutzgesetz (KSchG)
No expert information is available.
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