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Waste electrical equipment - waste separation

Electrically operated devices such as refrigerators, fluorescent tubes, coffee machines or toasters contain valuable raw materials, but also ingredients that are dangerous for the environment. If disposed of correctly, they can be recycled in an environmentally friendly way.

The disposal of household electrical appliances is free of charge. They are taken over at the Vienna manure pit and at the Rinterzelt. Small electrical devices (edge ​​length less than 50 centimeters) can also be disposed of at the problematic waste collection points. Old electrical devices can be handed in free of charge when buying a new device, even in larger shops with a sales area of ​​more than 150 square meters.

Collection and disposal

Large electrical appliances (edge ​​length over 50 centimeters)
Washing machines, tumble dryers, ironing machines, dishwashers, electric stoves, ceramic hobs, heaters, dishwashers or electric guitars etc. can be disposed of at the dung place.
You can dispose of commercially used devices such as free-standing copiers, refrigerated showcases, vending machines or printing machines at the Rinterzelt for a fee.
Small electrical appliances (edge ​​length less than 50 centimeters)
Irons, blenders, coffee machines, razors, electric toothbrushes, blood pressure monitors, radios, CD, DVD players and video recorders, tools such as drills or circular saws, computer accessories such as keyboards, printers, mice, USB sticks, consoles, telephones and headsets, etc. Dispose of them at the manure place or at the problematic waste collection points
Refrigerators and freezers
Fridges, freezers, air conditioners for the private sector belong in the dung place, refrigerated showcases and the like. to the Rinterzelt.
Display devices
TV sets, computer screens, laptops and monitors belong in the crap yard, if they are smaller than 50 centimeters, they also belong to the mobile collection point for problematic substances.
Gas discharge lamps
Energy-saving lamps, fluorescent tubes, mercury and sodium vapor lamps belong in the dung place or at the problematic substance collection point.
Tip: Conventional lightbulbs do not have to be collected separately, but are disposed of with the residual waste.

If you are not sure where to take your waste electrical equipment to, call the rubbish phone on +43 1 546 48.


In a recycling plant, pollutants, plastics and metals are separated from each other:

  • Hazardous ingredients such as capacitors, batteries or components containing mercury are properly disposed of.
  • Plastic parts are sorted according to type and processed into granules. It can thus be processed into new electronic device components. 2 tons of plastic waste becomes 1 ton of plastic. That saves 900 liters of oil and 90 percent energy.
  • The different metals are sorted using different separation processes. For example, aluminum floats in a salt pan, other metals sink. Non-ferrous metals can be sorted by color. Copper is about reddish, brass is yellow. The metals extracted are used in the manufacture of new devices.

In Vienna, more than 8,000 tons of waste electrical and electronic equipment are handed in to the waste management, street cleaning and vehicle fleet (MA 48) department every year. This amount contains around 3,100 tons of iron, which would be enough for the production of 310,000 bicycles. It also contains around 200 tons of aluminum, which would be enough for the production of 20,000 aluminum rims for 5,000 cars. It also contains around 300 tons of copper, which would be enough for the production of around 22,000 kilometers of cable.

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