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Lidl, Kaufland and Co.: Customers have had this new right since this year

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From the first of January, a new rule will apply to large supermarkets and discounters, which could be exciting for many customers.

Message from December 16, 2021: The turn of the year is now just around the corner – 2021 becomes 2022, and with the new year comes new rules for Germany. Supermarkets and discounters are also affected. The Neckarsulm-based Schwarz Group with its subsidiaries Lidl and Kaufland is not unaffected by this. Here, too, a very important regulation will change in 2022, which can bring relief for customers.

Because food retailers like the supermarket giant Kaufland often also sell mobile phones, computers, televisions and kitchen appliances. Therefore, from January 1, 2022, they will also have to take back old devices. A new law comes into force for this purpose. But who has to accept all the e-waste, and which devices can be handed in?

Lidl and Kaufland: Change 2022 – customers now have this right

First of all, every retailer who offers electronic devices several times a year must also take back old devices in the future. In addition to Lidl and Kaufland, Rewe, Edeka and such as Netto are also affected. However, shops that do not regularly offer electrical appliances are also obliged to accept electronic waste under certain conditions from January 1, 2022 – the condition is that their shop area is more than 800 square meters.

The devices that can be handed over to discounters and supermarkets such as Lidl and Kaufland from January include light bulbs, toasters, coffee machines, blenders and smartphones – but the small devices must not be larger than 25 centimeters. ruhr24.de reports on the extent to which Aldi, Edeka and Rewe will be offering the new service in the future*.

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Change of rules in 2022 at Kaufland and Lidl – online retailers will also have an obligation from 2022

And online retailers are also likely to bear more responsibility from 2022, because they too should offer their customers a free collection and disposal service for old devices with every purchase of new electronic devices. But this procedure is already no longer unusual, especially in online trading – for example, offers otto.de already offers a pick-up service for old devices.

But why is this new regulation now being applied nationwide to Germany? The Federal Environment Ministry justifies this as follows: It is assumed that the recycling rate in Germany will increase significantly as a result of the new collection and pick-up service. Former Environment Minister Svenja Schulze says that old devices have ended up in the basement, in the garage or in drawers.

New regulation from 2022: Why customers can now hand in their old devices

But what is even worse: Electronic waste often simply ends up in the residual waste bin. This should be avoided in the future by the new old device regulation 2022. As Schulze explains, easily accessible collection points are “the best way to properly dispose of old electronic devices. If old devices are properly collected, pollutants can be reliably removed and valuable raw materials can be recovered.

Shops with a shop area larger than 800 square meters and which themselves sell electronic devices several times a year will in future have to accept old devices such as electric toothbrushes or mobile phones.

© Maurizio Gambarini / dpa

That is why the federal government wants to make it as easy as possible for consumers to return old electronic devices. All discounters and supermarkets – including Lidl and Kaufland – will receive a uniform label when the amendment to the law comes into force. The crossed-out bin is already being used by electronics retailers such as Media Markt and Saturn.

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Kaufland and Lidl: The Schwarz Group is changing – everything is changing

However, it may be that customers with Lidl, Kaufland and Co. still have to be patient – because the change in the law on the return of old devices, which is to apply from January 2022, will have a transitional period. This allows discounters and supermarkets to develop their take-back system in peace. By July 1, 2022 at the latest, each of these shops must finally take back 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 refers to plastic bags, some of which are no longer allowed to be sold. But how mannheim24.de* reported, there are also exceptions to the plastic bag ban.

Incidentally, Kaufland and Lidl have set their own goals for 2022. First of all, the Schwarz Group, based in Neckarsulm, wants to continue working on its sustainability goals, but a lot should also happen in terms of animal welfare. Not only that Lidl and Kaufland want to do without fresh meat from husbandry 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.

List of rubrics: © Andreas Gebert / dpa

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