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where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

Plan to dispose off broken battery charger and rice cooker which were purchased outside Switzerland, so recycling feed was paid in that country. Can someone tell me how and where we can dispose off these items here?
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Old 07.01.2013, 17:26
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Plan to dispose off broken battery charger and rice cooker which were purchased outside Switzerland, so recycling feed was paid in that country. Can someone tell me how and where we can dispose off these items here?
Just take them to your local electrical goods store (e.g. Interdiscount, larger Migros, etc.)

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Just take them to your local electrical goods store (e.g. Interdiscount, larger Migros, etc.)

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Thanks, sounds great.
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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

At our local rubbish dump they take old electrical items, find out where you local dump is!
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Old 07.01.2013, 19:49
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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

Dump them on neighbour's doormat and let us know what was their reaction

Large electronic stores or ask at the gemeinde haus.
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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

Just put the items outside with a note that says "Gratis". When they're gone it then becomes somebody else's problem.

Actually don't. Really don't. I'll go to hell, otherwise known as kanton Schwyz, for suggesting that.

As others have suggested just take them to your closest electrical retailer for disposal. It doesn't matter if the items were purchased outside of Switzerland.
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At our local rubbish dump they take old electrical items, find out where you local dump is!
Thanks for the info. I will check for the location with our city office.
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Just put the items outside with a note that says "Gratis". When they're gone it then becomes somebody else's problem.
That won't work. You'd have to put up a sign saying "for sale", then someone will steal them .
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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

Very helpful info. Thanks!
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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

Hi all, I wonder if this information is still current? There are some things we want to get rid of but I am very environmentally aware, and know that some metals and others in our old appliances can be put to use again…
I saw an old tram go by one day, it seemed to be collecting old appliances. Any idea where to call to find out where to just take our old things? Thanks!!
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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

An old tram!?!

Electrics to electrics stores: you pay 5 CHF on all big purchases to cover this recycling fee.

Tins/Glass/pet/batteries to on-street recycling points.

Paper/green rubbish on collection days.

If unsure take to your local recycling place (though you may be charged).
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An old tram!?!
Yes dear - or in your case, "ä trämmle"!

Unfortunately, the website does not appear to be available in English, but should be helpful anyway..

http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/vbz/de/i...und_etram.html
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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

Thank you so much Herc82! I knew I was not crazy.

It´s a shame they don´t have english translations, my german is still not strong enough and there is a huge community of foreigners that would appreciate this information. About just "dropping off" appliances at a local store, I will check with them first, not sure if you can just leave things there if you have not purchased anything from them.
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Thank you so much Herc82! I knew I was not crazy.

It´s a shame they don´t have english translations, my german is still not strong enough and there is a huge community of foreigners that would appreciate this information. About just "dropping off" appliances at a local store, I will check with them first, not sure if you can just leave things there if you have not purchased anything from them.
Indeed - but I did find some other links to assist..

E Tram / Cargo Tram (Zurich)
http://www.eltis.org/index.php?id=13&study_id=239
http://www.proaktiva.ch/tram/zurich/...ram_index.html
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Yes dear - or in your case, "ä trämmle"!

Unfortunately, the website does not appear to be available in English, but should be helpful anyway..

http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/vbz/de/i...und_etram.html
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... About just "dropping off" appliances at a local store, I will check with them first, not sure if you can just leave things there if you have not purchased anything from them.
I am. You can.
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Thank you so much Herc82! I knew I was not crazy.

It´s a shame they don´t have english translations, my german is still not strong enough and there is a huge community of foreigners that would appreciate this information. About just "dropping off" appliances at a local store, I will check with them first, not sure if you can just leave things there if you have not purchased anything from them.

A thing that really piss me off. Why cant they, the communes, not translate their garbage disposal website in just a few languages? German only and then complaining about illegal disposed stuff? Stupid!

About just "dropping off": Big goods (Fridge, oven etc.) may only be returned in places which sell such stuff (Conforama, Mediamarkt, Fust to name a few). Actually, this also applies to other stuff: A store which does not sell TVs, vacuum cleaners, microwaves does not have to accept TVs. vacuum cleaners, and microwaves respectively. But normally they won buldge.

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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

It seems there's no such complication in Geneva... I had a dishwasher replaced recently, went to the local dechetterie down the road (rubbish tip?) and asked them what I needed to do to dump it. I was expecting to need a sticker from the local Marie (mayor house), a proof of recycling payment etc. etc. but no, the guy at the tip looked at me blankly as if I came from another planet and just pointed to a container containing a bunch of old household machines and said "just stick it in there"... which I did. I then did the same the following day with a tumble dryer that broke ages ago and I didn't have the time to sort out.

Probably different from canton to canton though.
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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

It's called SWICO and everything you need in English is here:
http://www.swicorecycling.ch/en/home
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Re: where to dispose off broken electronic goods?

It depends where you live but I take our stuff to the dump in Horgen. I typically pay about 30CHF to drop off a car load of old stuff from strollers to electrical items.
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