Bosch is ensuring that its technologies are becoming increasingly eco-friendly throughout the product life cycle. This is why our commitment for electronic products goes beyond their end-of life.
As part of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) European Directive (2012/19/EU) and other local regulations, Bosch Thermotechnology supports the setup of take-back systems and recycling infrastructures.
See below for further general information about electronic waste as well as where you can recycle your electric appliance in your country.
If your country does not appear in the above list, please contact your retailer or local government office for information on recycling of your old electronic appliance.
Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. Electronic waste may contain potentially harmful substances such as mercury, cadmium, or lead. Inappropriate treatment of electronic waste can have negative impacts on the environment and human health. Therefore, safe disposal and recycling is crucial in order to minimize these potential negative impacts. Furthermore, recycling of electronic waste will recover valuable materials that can be used in the manufacturing of new products.
What does electronic waste regulations mean?
In order to avoid negative impacts on the environment and human health and in order to conserve valuable materials, electronic waste regulation defines rules for the collection, treatment and recycling of electronic waste. An example for such a regulation is the European Directive (2012/19/EU) on waste electrical and electronic Equipment (WEEE) which aims at increasing recycling of electronic waste.
More information about the WEEE Directive is available here
What does this symbol mean?
The crossed-out wheeled bin symbol displayed on the product or on its packaging indicates that the product must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, it has to be taken to a waste collection center for treatment, recycling, or disposal. The symbol is valid in countries with electronic waste regulations such as the European Directive 2012/19/EU.
What do I need to do?
Right now nothing. However, when your electronic product is no longer useful to you, please take the product to one of the recycling systems available to you free of charge or ask your installer to do so (please find in the list above).