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

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From January 1, a new rule will apply to large supermarkets and discounters, which could be exciting for many customers.

Message of December 16, 2021: The turning point of the year is fast approaching – 2021 will become 2022, and with the new year there will also be new rules for Germany. Supermarkets and discounters are also affected. The Schwarz Group, based in Neckarsulm, with its subsidiaries Lidl and Kaufland, is not spared from this: here too, very decisive regulations will change in 2022, which can 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 take back old devices. A new law comes into force to this effect. But who should accept all electronic waste and which devices can be returned?

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

First of all, every dealer 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 Netto are also affected. However, stores that do not regularly offer electrical appliances are also required to accept electronic waste under certain conditions from 1 January 2022 – the condition is that their store area is greater than 800 square meters.

Appliances 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 small appliances must not exceed 25 centimeters . ruhr24.de indicates to what extent Aldi, Edeka and Rewe will offer the new service in the future*.

Change of rules in 2022 at Kaufland and Lidl – e-tailers will also have an obligation from 2022

And online retailers should also take on more responsibility from 2022, as they too should offer their customers a free collection and disposal service for old devices whenever they buy new electronics. 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 does this new regulation now apply to the whole of Germany? The Federal Ministry of the Environment justifies this as follows: It is assumed that the recycling rate in Germany will increase significantly due to the new collection and collection service. According to former environment minister Svenja Schulze, old appliances ended up in the basement, garage or drawers.

New regulations from 2022: why customers can now return their old devices

But what’s 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 dispose of old electronic devices properly. If old devices are properly collected, pollutants can be reliably disposed of and valuable raw materials can be recovered.

Shops with a sales area of ​​more 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.

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This 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 new law comes into force. The crossed-out trash can is already used by electronics retailers such as Media Markt and Saturn.

Kaufland and Lidl: The Schwarz Group changes – everything changes

However, customers of Lidl, Kaufland and Co. may still have to be patient – because the change in the law on the return of old appliances, which is to apply from January 2022, will have a transitional period. . This allows discounters and supermarkets to calmly develop their take-back system. By July 1, 2022 at the latest, each of these shops will finally have to take back the electronic devices free of charge.

But the return of electronic devices is not the only change for 2022. Since Monday there is also a new ban at Lidl, Kaufland and Co. This concerns 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 targets for 2022. First of all, the Schwarz Group, based in Neckarsulm, wants to continue working on its sustainability goals, but there is also a lot to happen in terms of good – to be animal. 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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