What are recycling contributions?

The recycling contribution is a small amount which the consumer must pay in addition to the purchase price of a new electrical or electronic product, to cover costs of recycling. This money is used to fund a collection and recycling system that allows discarded devices to be processed in a way that is least harmful to the environment. Retailers are required to take back discarded electrical and electronic goods when consumers buy similar new products. Another option for consumers is to hand in this equipment at municipal collection facilities. The amount of the recycling contribution will vary per product. Contributions are calculated on the basis of the estimated number of electrical and electronic appliances that will be recovered during the lifetime of that product and typically varies between €0.10 and €20 per unit.