RECYCLING

Department of Environmental Management Winora-Staiger GmbH
BASICS
RECYCLING PROCESS
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BASICS

Department of Environmental Management Winora-Staiger GmbH

Product responsibility obligates the manufacturer to proper disposal and environmentally friendly recycling, even when the products reach the end of their lifecycle.

Winora-Group sells its products in over 40 countries worldwide. We take responsibility for the disposal of our goods beyond German borders and offer licensed products in compliance with national environmental regulations in many countries.

The increased manufacturer’s responsibility mainly concerns the return and use of your electronical devices, packaging and/or batteries as well as accumulators.

Electronical devices – WEEE
Worldwide, there are numerous statutory stipulations and directives which define the return and disposal of electronical devices. The internationally most familiar regulation is the European WEEE directive 2002/96/EC. It states, among other things, the environmental-friendly disposal of electronical devices (WEEE – waste of electric and electronical equipment). In 2012, the WEEE directive (2012/19/EU) was amended by various important changes.

Batteries
Many countries have also obligated manufacturers, amongst others, to handle take back and recycling issues. In addition to the European EU battery guideline 2006/66/EC, many other laws exist worldwide that regulate the take back and disposal of batteries and accumulators.

Packaging
Any packaging waste in connection with the sale of the products falls under the country specific take back obligations as part of the extended producer responsibility.

The EU Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC is probably the most common legislation in this field.

Electric and electronical devices (WEEE)
According to the WEEE directive, many products of Winora-Group are considered as electronical devices. For instance, the entire eBike, excluding batteries, counts as electric device. In case that single components of the drive unit have to be disposed they also count as waste of electrical and electronical devices. Furthermore, the following bicycle components are also affected by this definition:
LED headlights, LED rear lights, bike computers and parts of electric gears or damping systems (without batteries as well as further electric equipment).

Batteries (Li-ion and various other sorts of batteries)
In general, all sorts of batteries and accumulators are affected by the regulations. The majority of our batteries are lithium-ion batteries for our ePerformance products.
Additionally, it includes smaller batteries like display batteries, batteries in electric gears absorption systems as well as disposable batteries and accumulators in miscellaneous equipment.

Packaging (transportation and sales packaging)
Winora-Group sends all of its vehicles and bike parts to retail in cardboard packaging. This transportation, and partly also sales packaging, mainly consist of paper, cardboard and plastic.

RECYCLING PROCESS

RECYCLING STEPS

Department of Environmental Management Winora-Staiger GmbH

Entire vehicles
Do not dispose your vehicle in household waste. Dispose it at a community garbage pick-up site or at a recycling depot. As an alternative, you can also dispose it at pick-ups which are organized by community or private companies. Please contact your responsible community or city administration and/or mind letters in your mail.

Electric elements and batteries
In Pedelecs, S-Pedelecs and bicycles with electric gear or damping systems, all batteries or removable components have to be separated from the bike beforehand. This includes drive unit batteries, displays with fixed battery, batteries located in or on the frame for gear or damping systems, and so on. Removable displays with fixed battery, displays which have a working display after removal of the handlebar holder and without recognizable battery case on the rear side, are to be disposed in complete. It is only permitted to open a battery case which is reachable from the outside (usually a button cell). The display casing is not to be opened in order to remove a fixed battery. Fixed display batteries are usually lithium-ion batteries and thus hazardous waste. They must not be disposed in household waste. Instead, they have to be collected at a community garbage pick-up site or at a recycling depot. This also applies for replaced batteries which were removed due to wear or a defect. Please also mind the information in the chapter ‚Safety information/ Battery safety information‘ in the complementary manual for Pedelecs and S-Pedelecs. Standard batteries, so-called portable batteries, can also be disposed at community garbage pick-up sites or at a recycling depot and also in battery collection boxes which you can find in different shops. After removing the batterie(s), the remaining vehicle is regarded as electric device and has to be brought to a recycling site separately. Your dealer, the community garbage pick-up site or the recycling depot can help you with further questions.

Electronical components and equipment
LED headlights, LED rear lights or hub dynamos, as well as equipment like bicycle computers or navigation systems, also have to be disposed separately after being removed. Please collect such parts at community garbage pick-up sites or the recycling depots.

Packaging
Packaging protecting your bike during delivery, so-called transportation packaging usually can be handed to the dealer. All other sorts of packaging have to be sortened and disposed. Dispose cardboard and carton in the waste paper and foils at the recycling depots or ask your dealer about correct disposal.

Tyres and tubes
Tyres and tubes sometimes cannot be disposed in the household waste. Ask your dealer whether he takes on the collection and disposal or dispose them at the recycling depot, community garbage pick-up site or city administration.

Lubricants and care products
Do not dispose lubricants and care products in your household waste, in the canalisation or the environment. These products have to be brought to special waste sites. Follow the information on the packaging of the lubricant or care product.

CONTACT

CONTACT

Department of Environmental Management Winora-Staiger GmbH

Should you have any questions about country-specific recycling solutions, please send an eMail to: recycling@winora-group.de