Environmental Protection

 

Practical guideline in identification of lighting

Energieetikett HaushaltslampenThe new EU Decree 874/2012/EU for identification of lighting comes into effect on September 1, 2013. The decree contains new requirements for packaging in order to provide information to the consumer on the energy efficiency classification of a product or on measured energy consumption in kWh per 1000 hours.

The requirement for identification is satisfied by putting a new energy label on the product packaging. With Wentronic, you obtain this new energy label and the in-depth information on energy consumption associated with it in the form of a CSV file, in which all relevant technical data on the corresponding article is additionally provided.

 

The following products are concerned by the decree:

 

Lampe 1

Lamp/system voltage non-directional light

Lampe 2

Lamp/system voltage directional light

 

Lampe 3

Lamp/low voltage directional light

Lampe 4

Lamp/low voltage directional light

 

According to our knowledge, further identification requirements only concern products that have been imported after 09.01.2013 and cleared by Customs. These products had to undergo further tests corresponding to Decree 1194/2012/EU and then bear an extended energy label.

Goods that were brought to market by our company before 09.01.2012, cannot and did not have to show this information according to our state of knowledge at the time. This applies to the required information in catalogs and online media.

For a better overview of the articles concerned, Wentronic ha created clear delimitations: the old article number has no further use. The succeeding article is issued with a new article number. These are only products that are concerned by the new EU decree and are designated by a corresponding energy label.

Note: This guideline is not legal advice but merely an interpretation of the EU directives and decrees that exist for us. Under no circumstances does it constitute legal advice!

 


 

The REACH EU Chemical Decree

The REACH EU Chemical Decree (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals) regulates, among other things, the use of so-called SVHCs (substances of very high concern) and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which are commonly used in rubber manufacturing.

Wentronic knows the relevant requirements on industry/commerce and has already carried out various projects under conditions of exceptional avoidance of these substances. As a commercial company, we constantly endeavor along with our suppliers to keep improving the properties of our products so that they are free of substances that present a risk. According to Article 3 of the REACH Decree (EU) 1907/2006, Wentronic is neither a producer nor an importer of these substances, nor brings such substances into contact with their products. Our company imports finished products into the EU that in individual cases may contain ingredients subject to registration in a proportion of more than 0.1% by weight. The following substances may be concerned here:

 

Name EG number CAS number
Dibuty phthalate 201-557-4 84-74-2
Benzylbutyl phthalate 201-622-7 85-68-7
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate 204-211-0 117-81-7
Diisobutyl phthalate 201-553-2 84-69-5

 

Under normal conditions and compliant use, these substances are not released in a concentration that is determined to be a health risk.

 


 

Disposing of electrical devices (WEEE)

The European WEEE directive (waste, electrical and electronic equipment) have been drawn up for disposal of electronic waste. Manufacturers of electrical and electronic devices must identify their products with a special symbol and take it back free of charge. Electronic waste is not to be disposed of with household refuse, but is to be separately given to the local waste management unit in appropriate collection and return systems. Wentronic assumes responsibility, and works on a daily basis, for environmentally sustainable disposal of old devices and electronic waste. We are registered with the Electrical Used Equipment Register (EAR) under Number 82898622.

 


 

WEEE 2012/19/EU

For clarity‘s sake, the Guideline 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 27 January 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment has been amended in essential respects. The new Guideline 2012/19/EU took effect on 13 August 2012. Nothing will change regarding Wentronic GmbH‘s registration and its related registration number. All existing labeling obligations continue to exist unchanged; products falling under the WEEE Directive must be permanently marked with a waste bin symbol and a bar underneath, as well as a unique manufacturer identification. At Wentronic GmbH, this is provided via our registered trade marks „Clicktronic,“ „Cabstone,“ „Tecxus,“ „Goobay,“ or „Fixpoint.“ International trade partners must check the transition periods and labeling obligations in their own countries.WEEE implementation is not uniform within the EU. It is up to the individual countries, and each Member State passes its own implementation regulations for disposal.

What‘s new

As of now, old electrical appliances have to be taken back by retailers. This obligation shall only apply for small appliances no larger than 25 cm. Stores with a retail sales area exceeding 400 m² must take equipment back. The regulation shall not apply to smaller retailers and trades people’s businesses.

  • Registration will be harmonised throughout Europe.
  • While there will be only one form, it must be submitted in each country a product will be put into circulation.
Manufacturer and national registration

Companies may appoint authorized representatives for their different national registrations - both for E-commerce sales, as well as for normal export of their products. This regulation will also cover Internet commerce in future.

 


 

Energy-saving lamp broken?

What you can do now! Protect the environment with Goobay lamps

As producer of compact fluorescent and LED energy saving lamps we care not only for lowest possible energy consumption and longer life time. We also pay attention to your safety and feel responsible for environmental protection. For producing our products we attach great importance, all parts can be recycled. Support us and contribute to waste reduction by disposing broken lamps environmentally friendly.

No worrying about broken glass

We only use slight amounts of amalgam (bound mercury) for producing lamps and completely waive liquid mercury. In case of glass breaks pollutants cannot evaporate - so there are no risks to health or pollutions for human and environment.

 

Method for break

 

Instructions:
  1. Disconnect the product completely from mains by unplugging the mains plug or switching off product or mains fuse.
  2. Ventilate the room for around 15 minutes by opening the window and closing the room door from ouside.
    • Amalgam vapors will be eliminated.
    • Amalgam is a stabile mercury compound - it is only gaseous during operation at temperatures around 100°C. When cooling down, it changes back into solid condition.
  3. Let the lamp cooling down during this time.
  4. Remove remaining parts from the base, where necessary.
  5. Dispose shards with broom and shovel or suitable gloves. For small parts ideally use disposable wipes or tape.
    • Never use a vacuum cleaner, because the fan disperses finest particles inside the room!
  6. Clean the breaking point at the ground with a moist cloth, where necessary.
  7. Close all parts, contacted with mercury, carefully in a container and mark it with the following warning note: „Attention, rests of mercury of compact fluorescent lamps can be contained“
  8. Enter the container to your public collection point.

 

Disposal Instructions

According to the European WEEE directive, electrical and electronic equipment must not be disposed with consumers waste. Its components must be recycled or disposed apart from each other. Otherwise contaminative and hazardous substances can pollute our environment.

You as a consumer are committed by law to dispose electrical and electronic devices to the producer, the dealer, or public collecting points at the end of the devices lifetime for free. Particulars are regulated in national right. The symbol on the product, in the user`s manual, or at the packaging alludes to these terms.With this kind of waste separation, application, and waste disposal of used devices you achieve an important share to environmental protection.

WEEE Directive: 2012/19/EU WEEE No: 82898622

Compact flourescent lamps may not be disposed with consumers waste! They contain slight amounts of hazardous mercury and must be disposed in professional way.

Energy-saving LED lamps ontain no harmful substances, but on the basis of their valuable resources must be supplied to recycling. They can be collected in the same containers like compact fluorescent lamps. Enter your no longer functioning lamps simply to collection points of your municipal waste management operation or commercially. Other collection points in your area, please visit:www.lichtzeichen.de/sammelstellen.html

 


 

Hazardous substances in devices and parts (RoHS)

The EU Directive on restricting hazardous substances in devices and parts, and the “China RoHS” management methods for controlling pollution caused by electronic information products regulations provide a limiting value for lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chrome, polybrominated biphenyl and polybrominated diphenyl ether. Every manufacturer and importer has to rate his products for these substances and since 2008 may only offer RoHS-compliant goods. Wentronic allows no compromise, and subjects all products in its own range that present a health risk to measurement of corresponding substances. This expressly includes flame retardants such as polybrominated diphenyl ethel (DecaBDE). All products assessed by Wentronic have been assessed as RoHs-compliant and have been clearly within the limiting values since 2006.

 


 

2011/65/EU DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND COUNCIL on limiting use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices (RoHS II)

Since January 2013, the new RoHS II Directive 2011/65/EU applies, which replaces the previous 2002/95/EC.Producers and importers now have to prove the conformity of covered products by CE marking and declaration of conformity. A separate Importers Declaration is therefore no longer necessary.

The substance prohibitions were not change in comparison to the old RoHS Directive, so that all values stay valid.

For implementation, the following deadlines apply:

Device class Deadline

 

  1. 01. Large household appliances 02.01.2013
  2. Small household appliances 02.01.2013
  3. IT and telecommunications equipment 02.01.2013
  4. Consumer equipment 02.01.2013
  5. Lighting equipment 02.01.2013
  6. Electrical and electronic tools 02.01.2013
  7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment 02.01.2013
  8. Medical equipment 22.07.2014
  9. Monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments 22.07.2014
  10. Automatic dispensers 02.01.2013
  11. Other EEE not covered by any of the categories above. 22.07.2019

 

New is the open class 11, which will also include cables and previously exempt products in future. Wentronic GmbH makes no compromises and keeps the required limits also voluntarily for products, covered by classes with transition period already now. Product labeling will be done in time to the deadlines for implementation.

 


 

Returning batteries in accordance with the Law on Batteries

Since the end of 2009, every consumer is obliged to return used batteries and power packs according to Paragraph 11 of the Law on Batteries. Batteries and power packs may not be disposed of with household refuse. They can instead be disposed of free of charge at every collection and return location provided for this purpose.

Batteries and power packs obtained from Wentronic can of course be sent back to us or disposed of after use. Wentronic GmbH including all its own brands is registered with the Federal Environment Agency under Number 21000097 as a manufacturer in the sense of the Law on Batteries. Used battery return has been taken over at Wentronic by CRR Deutschland AG. Please arrange the removal of used batteries using the appropriate form:

-> download form

 


 

Environmentally-compatible design of Energy-using Products (EuP)

With the European Ecodesign Directive (Energy-using Products), improved energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of electrical devices is monitored. The target is to save energy and other resources in manufacturing, operation and disposal. All products sold by Wentronic since 2011 correspond to the EuP regulations and save power on a daily basis. Our laptop power unit parts, lights and tools, among other things, help to lower standby power consumption in households on a daily basis.

 

Articles recently visited