Further information

Here are the general ad placement criteria via BENU REUSE:

  • well preserved
  • visually beautiful
  • clean
  • in working order
  • in entirety
  • no need for repair
  • suitable for direct subsequent use
  • can be stored in the BENU REUSE transporter and transported by two people. 

For various items, we continue to apply stricter mediation standards, in the spirit of sustainability. Under the individual categories, we explain why certain items are excluded and what to watch out for when continuing to use them. You will also find advice and suggestions for more sustainable consumption.

If your item cannot be delivered via BENU REUSE, consult the REUSE service. Here you will find many organizations, initiatives and businesses that accept, forward, repair or sell used items.

Roof coverings, roof tiles, concrete roof tiles, rain gutter, downpipe ...
  • No tar paper, roofing felt, waterproofing sheet or solder
  • No lead roof covering
  • Tiles, which are clearly natural slate
  • Other materials, such as concrete tiles, fiber cement, corrugated sheets , etc. only with full product identification, production and sale date (from 2001, proven asbestos free)

When working on the roof, there is a risk of release of asbestos or other substances harmful to health and the environment. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work!

Older roof coverings such as tiles, roofs and corrugated sheets often contain asbestos. If asbestos fibers are released during construction and demolition work, they can be inhaled and cause serious health problems. Therefore, only materials, clearly and verifiable without asbestos are transmitted via BENU REUSE. These are natural slate and concrete tiles, tiles, fiber cement, corrugated sheets, etc. since 2001, when the sale of products containing asbestos was banned in Luxembourg.

Due to possible pollution, we also refrain from disposing of roofing felts, waterproofing and welding sheets. These can contain not only asbestos but also tar and contain harmful PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons).

Lead blankets, which were often installed in connection areas (eg on the chimney), are also excluded. Lead can be harmful to the environment if toxic roof particles enter the ground or sewers through rainwater. When working with lead, there is also a risk of inhaling toxic and unhealthy lead dust and vapors.


For reasons of environmental protection, we recommend avoiding copper roofs and galvanized sheets for new, large-scale roof coverings. The use of zinc or copper for roofing, rain gutters, cladding, downpipes, chimneys and skylights can lead to increased heavy metal pollution in surface waters. Due to the weathering of the zinc and copper surfaces and the rinsing of the corrosion products with the rain, the heavy metals get into the roof runoff. If the heavy metals are discharged directly into surface water such as lakes or rivers via the rain runoff, they can have a harmful effect there. You can find out more here  

Used building materials that contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment or are contaminated, or that can no longer be used, must be disposed of properly. For larger demolition work, get advice from a specialist company. Otherwise, contact the recycling center in your community or, in the case of problematic substances, the “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection).

Slate cladding, wood cladding for inside or outside, clinker ...
  • Facade or wall cladding clearly in solid wood, clinker brick or natural slate
  • Other materials only with full identification of the product, date of production or sale (from 2001, proven without asbestos)
  • Only cladding not glued  and without glue, putty or grout residue

When working on facades and walls, there is a risk of release of asbestos and other substances harmful to health and the environment. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work! Wood used for exterior facades is often treated with wood preservatives bond and painted with paints that are unsuitable for interior use. Wood or other treated materials which have already been used outdoors should therefore only be used outdoors in the future for your own safety! There could be harmful fumes in the house.

Older facade coverings, such as facade panels or shingles (sometimes referred to as "artificial slate"), wall coverings and insulation boards often contain asbestos. If asbestos fibers are released during construction and demolition work, they can be inhaled and cause serious health problems. Thermal insulators made from man-made mineral fibers (glass, rock and mineral wool), manufactured until around the year 2000, are asbestos-free, but are suspected of being carcinogenic. In the case of cladding and bonded insulation (mineral or plastic), adhesive compounds can also be problematic. Glues, leveling compounds and jointing plasters are not only suspected of having an asbestos bond, they may also contain other harmful substances such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) or PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). It can therefore be assumed that a large part of the facades and wall coverings installed in Luxembourg still contain asbestos or other pollutants. Therefore, BENU REUSE only supplies materials which are proven to be free of asbestos and PCBs. These are facades and wall coverings from 2001, when the sale of products containing asbestos was banned in Luxembourg, or those in solid wood, clinker or natural slate. In addition, only non-glued materials are transported, that is to say siding without residues of glue, mortar, grout, etc. possible, so that the customer can assess whether and how further use is harmless. From the 1960s, more and more woodwork was used both inside and out. A large number of wood preservatives have also been used. In the case of wooden facades on the outside, treatment with wood preservatives must always be assumed. Such material should never be used indoors or treated in any other way, as this could release harmful substances.

Used building materials that contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment or are contaminated, or that can no longer be used, must be disposed of properly. For larger demolition work, get advice from a specialist company. Otherwise, contact the recycling center in your community or, in the case of problematic substances, the “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection). 

Windows, panes of glass, plexiglass, window sills, shutters, blinds ...
  • No adhesive, sealant or joint compound residue, no window sealant
  • Window sills in natural stone or solid wood
  • Window sills in other materials only with full product identification, production or sale date (from 2001 on, proven asbestos free)

During demolition and renovation work, there is a risk of release of asbestos and other substances harmful to health and the environment. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work! Exterior wood windows are often treated with wood preservatives and painted with paints that are not suitable for interior use. Wood or other treated materials which have already been used outdoors should therefore only be used outdoors in the future for your own safety! There could be harmful fumes in the house.

In the past, glass sealant containing asbestos was often used to seal windows. Older window sills are often fiber cement. If asbestos fibers are released during renovation work, they can be inhaled and cause serious health problems. Glues, plasters and grouts, which were previously used for installing components such as windows, may contain asbestos as well as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) or PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) containing harmful substances. Today, window frames are mainly attached using polyurethane assembly foam. This is made from the harmful isocyanate and often contains flame retardants. Both the production and disposal of polyurethane building foams are problematic. Due to possible pollution, BENU REUSE only offers second-hand windows without sealant and adhesive residue , joint sealant and construction foam. In order to exclude the purchase of window sills containing asbestos, these are only passed on if they are obviously made of solid wood or natural stone or were manufactured from 2001, when the sale of products containing asbestos has been banned in Luxembourg. In the case of used wooden windows in particular, the supplier should, if possible, indicate the previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment so that the customer can assess whether and how further use is harmless. Wood used for exterior window frames, for example, is often treated with wood preservatives. Such material should never be used indoors or treated in any other way, as this could release harmful substances.

For reasons of energy loss, you should not use single-glazed windows in external walls. For new windows, we recommend that you invest in windows with double glazing or - if possible - in windows with triple glazing.

 

For comparison: with the shutters or windows open, an outside temperature of 0 ° C and a room temperature of 20 ° C (measured in the middle of the room), the temperature of the window pane for a single-glazed window is around 5 ° C, and around 11 ° C for double glazing that is more than twenty years old, 17 ° C for modern double glazing (with thermal insulation coating) and 18 ° C for triple glazing (with double thermal insulation coating).

 

If the installation of modern windows with double or triple glazing is not possible, you can still help to save heating energy. Open shutters and blinds during the day to use solar energy as an additional heat source. But close it as soon as it gets evening so that the window panes don't cool down too much. You can find more tips here.

 

Due to the ingredients that are harmful to health and the environment, you should refrain from using polyurethane assembly foam when installing window frames and shutters. Possible alternatives are e.g. Kompri sealing tapes, mineral wool, natural fibers or solvent-free spray cork. Alternatives

Used building materials that contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment or are contaminated, or that can no longer be used, must be disposed of properly. For larger demolition work, get advice from a specialist company. Otherwise, contact the recycling center in your community or, in the case of problematic substances, the “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection). 

  • No adhesive, sealant or joint compound residue
  • Doors with glass insert without sealant for window
  • Fire doors and chamber doors with glass infill (panel doors) only with full product identification, date production or sale (from 2001, proven asbestos free)

During demolition and renovation work, there is a risk of release of asbestos and other substances harmful to health and the environment. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work!

Exterior wooden doors are often treated with wood preservatives and painted with paints that are not suitable for interior use. Wood or other treated materials which have already been used outdoors should therefore only be used outdoors in the future for your own safety! There could be harmful fumes in the house.

With some older fire doors, an asbestos-containing material is embedded in the lock, door panel, or door frame.

Old room doors with panels (called panel doors) may contain asbestos or man-made mineral fibers (glass , rock, mineral wool). If asbestos fibers are released and inhaled during renovation work, serious health problems can arise. Man-made mineral fibers, which were manufactured until around the year 2000, do not contain asbestos, but are suspected of being carcinogenic. Glues, sealants and grouts, which were previously used for the installation of components such as doors, may contain asbestos as well as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) or PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) which contain harmful substances. In the past, window sealants containing asbestos were often used to seal windows. Today, door frames are often attached using polyurethane foam assembly. This is made from the harmful isocyanate and often contains flame retardants. Both the production and disposal of polyurethane building foams are problematic. 

Due to possible pollution, BENU REUSE only offers second-hand doors without sealant (for glass inserts) or adhesive residue and grout are. In order to exclude the purchase of doors containing asbestos, panel chamber doors and fire doors will only be transmitted if it can be proven that they have been manufactured since 2001, when the sale of products containing asbestos has been banned in Luxembourg. . In the case of used wooden doors in particular, the supplier should, if possible, indicate the previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment so that the customer can assess whether and how further use is harmless. Wood used for exterior doors, for example, is often treated with wood preservatives. Such material should never be used indoors or treated in any other way, as this could release harmful substances.

Due to the ingredients that are harmful to health and the environment, you should avoid using polyurethane assembly foam when installing door frames. Possible alternatives are e.g. Kompri sealing tapes, mineral wool, natural fibers or solvent-free spray cork

Used building materials that contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment or are contaminated, or that can no longer be used, must be disposed of properly. For larger demolition work, get advice from a specialist company. Otherwise, contact the recycling center in your community or, in the case of problematic substances, the “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection).

Steps, stairs, railings ...
  • no residue of glue, putty or mortar

During demolition and renovation work, there is a risk of release of asbestos and other substances harmful to health and the environment. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work! Exterior wooden stairs are often treated with wood preservatives and painted with paints that are not suitable for interior use. Wood or other treated materials which have already been used outdoors should therefore only be used outdoors in the future for your own safety! There could be harmful fumes in the house.

Adhesives and sealant, which were previously used for installing components such as stairs and railings, may contain asbestos, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) or PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) which contain harmful substances. . At BENU REUSE, only second-hand stairs and ramps without grout or glue residue are sold. Particularly in the case of used wooden stairs and railings, the supplier should, if possible, indicate the previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment so that the customer can assess whether and how further use is harmless. Wood used outdoors is often treated with wood preservatives. Such a material should, for example, never be used indoors or treated in any other way, as this may release substances harmful to health.

Used building materials that contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment or are contaminated, or that can no longer be used, must be disposed of properly. For larger demolition work, get advice from a specialist company. Otherwise, contact the recycling center in your community or, in the case of problematic substances, the “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection).

Parquet, wooden floorboards, laminate, cork, linoleum….
  • Only non-glued floor coverings
  • No PVC coverings

During demolition and renovation work, there is a risk of release of asbestos and other substances harmful to health and the environment. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work! Exterior wooden flooring is often treated with wood preservatives and painted with paints that are not suitable for interior use. Wood or other treated materials which have already been used outdoors should therefore only be used outdoors in the future for your own safety! There could be harmful fumes in the house.

Until at least the 1980s, asbestos-containing floor coverings such as “PVC cushion vinyl”, “floor flex” panels and “asphalt tiles” were often used in interior construction. Some of them are still in old buildings today. If asbestos fibers are released during renovation work and are inhaled, it can lead to serious health problems. In the past, glues based on brown-black bitumen or tar were often used to bond these floor coverings, which, in addition to asbestos, can also contain other harmful substances such as PAHs (aromatic hydrocarbons polycyclic). In the past, parquet floors were also often glued with glues containing PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).  Due to possible pollution by adhesives, used floor coverings are only sold via BENU REUSE if they are free from adhesive residue. These are floors that have been laid completely "floating" or that have been nailed or screwed. There are a lot of very different floor coverings in use today. Depending on the materials, these can represent a potential source of indoor pollutants.  So that the customer can know in advance what material the flooring is and what it is suitable for, a description of the product which is as meaningful as possible should be provided. In the case of used parquet floors, the supplier should, if possible, indicate the age, previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment so that the customer can assess whether and how further use is harmless. Wood used outdoors is often treated with wood preservatives. For example, such a material should never be used indoors or treated in any other way, as this can release substances harmful to health.

Today's PVC (polyvinyl chloride) floor coverings no longer contain asbestos, but cause considerable health and environmental problems from production to disposal. PVC contains large amounts of additives such as plasticizers, stabilizers such as tin or heavy metal dyes or flame retardants. These can be released and enter the ambient air or house dust. In addition, the recycling of PVC is problematic due to the large number of additives, for example toxic dioxins can be formed during its combustion. Due to these serious effects on the environment and health, PVC coverings are not mediated at BENU REUSE.

Due to their large surface, floor coverings have a particularly high potential to pollute indoor air. The possible pollutant loads depend on the respective materials and their treatment. Information on this, and a decision-making aid for the selection of your flooring can be found here. You can recognize floor coverings that are more health-friendly, for example, from the "Blue Angel" quality mark.

 

When buying new wooden floors, you should make sure that they come from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood products from certified forestry by these quality marks:

  • FSC seal of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC seal of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Wood Guide from Greenpeace provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction and firewood and gives recommendations as to which types of wood can be used with a clear conscience. 

 

In the case of wooden floors, problematic pollution can be caused by processing and treatment. Exercise caution when sanding wooden floorboards or parquet. You should definitely work with respiratory protection and a suction device, as wood dust can be very irritating. Oak and beech dust also has carcinogenic potential.

For further treatment and care of your wooden floor, we recommend using environmentally friendly and health-compatible paints, waxes and oils. These are products in which problematic ingredients such as solvents, formaldehyde and plasticizers are dispensed with or only occur in small quantities. The products offered on the market differ considerably in terms of their pollutant content. You can find a selection of more environmentally friendly products and tips on how to use them at “Clever akafen

Further quality marks, by which you can recognize comparatively harmless products for wood treatment and care, are:


Used building materials that contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment or are contaminated, or that can no longer be used, must be disposed of properly. For larger demolition work, get advice from a specialist company. Otherwise, contact the recycling center in your community or, in the case of problematic substances, the “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection).

Natural stone slabs, paving, masonry stones, bricks, tiles ...
  • Only clearly separated materials
  • No materials contaminated by mortar, concrete, glue, grout or similar

During demolition and renovation work, there is a risk of release of asbestos and other substances harmful to health and the environment. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work!

Glues, patchs and grouts, which were previously used for laying tiles, slabs or pavers, among others, may contain asbestos or other substances dangerous to health, such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) or PAHs (polycyclic aromatics) hydrocarbons). Due to the possible pollution caused by adhesives, BENU REUSE only uses natural stone and tiles without residues of adhesives, mortar, grout, etc. vehicle. Bricks have recently arrived on the market in which insulating materials are integrated into the perforated chambers. In the case of such products, the supplier should, if possible, provide a complete description of the product so that the customer can assess which materials are included.

Various natural stones that are used in interior construction can have increased radioactivity, such as granite, porphyry, basalt and slate. In contrast, sand-lime brick, marble or sandstone, for example, are not radioactively contaminated. Increased radioactivity is particularly problematic in areas where people stay for long periods of time. If you want to use natural stones in your living area that could be radioactive, we recommend that you ask the supplier or manufacturer about the radionuclide concentration or have the radioactivity checked. However, increased radon levels can also be caused by the subsoil. It is therefore advisable to have the radon concentration measured in the house. Because an increased radon concentration in the apartment represents a health hazard for the residents, regardless of where they come from. You can find out more here [1] [2]

The glaze on tiles can also have an increased level of radioactive contamination. Because in the past, uranium-containing pigments were also used for coloring (red, green, yellow, brown). In addition, in Germany, for example, adding the waste material red mud to red tile material used to lead to radioactive radiation. If anything is unclear, it is advisable to have the radon concentration measured in these cases as well. You can find more information about glazed tiles and tips on how to use them here

When laying tiles or natural stone, the adhesives, the used grout can cause pollution. To protect the environment and your health, we recommend that you use products that are as environmentally friendly as possible. Quality marks by which you can recognize comparatively environmentally friendly products are:

Used building materials that contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment or are contaminated, or that can no longer be used, must be disposed of properly. For larger demolition work, get advice from a specialist company. Otherwise, contact the recycling center in your community or, in the case of problematic substances, the “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection).

Concrete slabs, concrete pavement, building blocks, palisades...
  • Only clearly separated materials

  • No materials contaminated by mortar, concrete, glue, grout or similar

During demolition and renovation work, there is a risk of release of asbestos and other substances harmful to health and the environment. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work!

Glues, patchs and grouts, which were previously used for laying tiles, slabs or pavers, among others, may contain asbestos or other substances dangerous to health, such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) or PAHs (polycyclic aromatics) hydrocarbons). Due to the possible pollution caused by adhesives, BENU REUSE only uses concrete stone without residues of adhesives, mortar, grout, etc. vehicle. Bricks have recently arrived on the market in which insulating materials are integrated into the perforated chambers. In the case of such products, the supplier should, if possible, provide a complete description of the product so that the customer can assess which materials are included.

When laying tiles or natural stone, the adhesives, the used grout can cause pollution. To protect the environment and your health, we recommend that you use products that are as environmentally friendly as possible. Quality marks by which you can recognize comparatively environmentally friendly products are:


Used building materials that contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment or are contaminated, or that can no longer be used, must be disposed of properly. For larger demolition work, get advice from a specialist company. Otherwise, contact the recycling center in your community or, in the case of problematic substances, the “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection).

Bars, plates, rails, metal profiles, sheets, steel girders…

During demolition and renovation work there is a risk that asbestos and other substances that are harmful to health and the environment are released. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work!

Used metal that cannot be passed on and used again should be disposed of properly. Metal waste can be returned to the economic cycle with low losses. This reduces the negative environmental and health effects that arise during the extraction of the ores and their processing. For larger demolition work, get advice from a specialist company. Otherwise, contact the recycling center in your community.

Beams, boards, panels, plywood, solid wood…
  • No wood infested with insects
  • No glue residue
  • Indication of age and previous use

Wood used outdoors is often treated with wood preservatives> link and painted with paints that are not suitable for indoor use. Wood that has already been used outdoors should therefore only be used outdoors in the future! There could be harmful vapors in the house. If you want to be certain whether the wood used in your house was previously treated with toxic wood preservatives, you can have a wood or dust sample examined.  

Avoid chopping up and further processing treated wood and wood-based materials, as this can release harmful substances!

Built-in wood can be infested with woodworms. These are the larvae of the common or common rodent beetle (Anobium punctatum), which eat their way through the wood. What remains are two to three millimeter holes and small heaps of wood dust. Wood that is in heated apartments is relatively rarely affected by the rodent beetles. Woodworms are more likely to occur in wood that is stored in places with high humidity and moderate temperatures, such as in old sheds or cellars. Before you offer old wood, please check it for woodworm infestation.

In the past, wood was treated with a large number of substances that were harmful to the environment and health, e.g. to protect against insects. Even today there are still products in use that can be harmful. Wood used outdoors, for example, is often treated with wood preservatives. Such material must never be used indoors or processed in any other way, as this could release harmful substances. In the past, wood preservatives were also used very often indoors. For example, preventive, chemical wood protection [2] against insect infestation was mandatory for load-bearing wooden components in buildings. Many of the previously used agents are now banned due to their toxicity. For this reason, the provider should provide as extensive information as possible on age, previous use (outside / inside) and treatment. This enables the buyer to assess whether and how the wood can be used safely.

In the past, brown-black bitumen or tar adhesives, which can contain asbestos and other harmful substances such as PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), were used to bond wooden elements such as floor coverings and cladding. In order to prevent such contaminated materials from being passed on, BENU REUSE only uses wood without residues of adhesives, mortar, grout, etc. conveyed.

Plywood, chipboard and fibreboard are often used as an inexpensive substitute for solid wood. The chipboard contains adhesives so that a solid board is created from the loose chips. Formaldehyde resins are usually used as binders for chipboard. The formaldehyde contained in the adhesive is permanently released from the building material as a gas and pollutes the room air. The substance is considered carcinogenic and can cause allergies, skin, respiratory tract or eye irritation. In the past, chipboard contained such high concentrations of formaldehyde that it was proven to be a health hazard for humans. Today wood-based materials are assigned to one of three emission classes according to their so-called formaldehyde compensation concentration. (F0: no formaldehyde, E1: concentration <0.1 ppm, E2: 0.1 to 1.0 ppm, E3:> 1.0 ppm). In Germany, only chipboard of classes F0 and E1 are permitted for interior construction and furniture. Wood products that are low in emissions and thus also low in formaldehyde are marked with the “Blue Angel” (RAL 38 environmental label). You can find more information about the emission classes here [2]  Due to the possible pollution of wood-based materials, the provider should provide as detailed information as possible on age and product labeling. In this way, the customer can assess what material it is and for what purpose it is suitable.

Forests are an irreplaceable habitat for animals and plants, protection for soil and drinking water, storage for CO2 and the basis of life for the local population. Sustainable and environmentally friendly forest management can help ensure that these functions are maintained in the long term. When buying new wood or wood products, you should therefore make sure that they come from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood products from certified forestry by these quality marks:

  • FSC seal of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC seal of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Wood Guide from Greenpeace provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction and firewood and gives recommendations as to which types of wood can be used with a clear conscience.

When buying products made from wood-based materials such as plywood, chipboard, wood fiber boards, you should make sure that they contain little or no formaldehyde to protect your health, especially if they are to be used indoors. Formaldehyde-free products are assigned to "emission class F0". Products made of wood or wood-based materials that are low in emissions and thus also low in formaldehyde, which consist of more than 50% wood, are marked with the “Blue Angel” (RAL 38 environmental label). For more information, click here and here. Problematic pollution can also arise when treating wood and wood products. Particular care should be taken when sanding. You should definitely work with respiratory protection and an extraction device, as wood dust can be very irritating. Oak and beech dust also has carcinogenic potential.

To protect the environment and health, we recommend using environmentally friendly paints, waxes and oils for treatment and care. These are products in which problematic ingredients such as solvents, formaldehyde and plasticizers are dispensed with or only occur in small quantities. You can find a selection of more environmentally friendly paints, glazes and varnishes as well as tips on how to use them at Clever akafen. Other quality marks by which you can recognize comparatively environmentally friendly products, e.g. for wood treatment, are:

Used wood that has been treated with substances harmful to health and the environment and can no longer be used must be disposed of properly. Under no circumstances should treated wood be burned. This creates toxic substances that can be extremely harmful to health. For the disposal of wood, contact the recycling center in your community. The SuperDreckskëscht (recycling center or mobile collection) accepts dried-up paint residues, soiled containers and paint-soiled waste (brushes, rollers ...).

Used railways

Old, discarded wooden railway sleepers were often used in gardens as bedding borders or slope supports. Since 2003, the distribution of wooden sleepers has been banned in the EU due to their treatment with the tar oil "creosote". This is a biocide with which the railway sleepers have been treated to protect them from weathering, fungi and pests. "Creosote" is carcinogenic and is absorbed by contact with the skin. In addition, the biocide can enter the soil, groundwater and air through rain or evaporation.

If you still have old, contaminated wooden thresholds, you can have them disposed via the Superdreckskëscht

Various

During demolition and renovation work, there is a risk of release of asbestos and other substances harmful to health and the environment. You should therefore always seek professional advice before any maintenance, dismantling or renovation work!

Hammer, screwdriver, saw, drill ...
  • No rusty tools
  • Electrical devices only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time. Older devices, in particular, may contain substances harmful to health and the environment. Therefore, do not take them apart or repair them yourself!

When tools or other iron objects rust, it is also called corrosion. This is a chemical reaction of the metal with oxygen in the presence of water or moisture. The material is literally "eaten away". Depending on how badly a tool is affected, the accuracy of fit and even stability can be reduced. As this means that the functionality is no longer guaranteed, rusted tools are excluded from being placed via BENU REUSE.

In the case of electrical garden tools in particular, the supplier should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible so that the customer can find out about the device in advance. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production. Older electrical appliances can contain toxic substances such as heavy metals and flame retardants. In the past, harmful asbestos was also used in thermal devices. The marketing of asbestos-containing products was banned in Luxembourg in 2001. Since July 1, 2006, electrical and electronic equipment offered in the European Union must be free from certain heavy metals and flame retardants. The six prohibited dangerous substances are the heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium as well as two groups of bromine-containing flame retardants (polybrominated byyphenyls or diphenyls) The EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment can be found here. In order to avoid the passing on of particularly polluted electrical devices and a to ensure a minimum of energy efficiency, BENU REUSE does not provide large household appliances that were produced before July 2006. In the case of small electrical appliances, we have decided to provide them regardless of their age. Due to their size, less pollution can be assumed. At the same time, resources that would be required for the production of a new device are saved in re-use. Small electrical devices are usually only in operation for a short time, so that the higher energy consumption of older devices compared to new, energy-efficient devices is less significant.

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Broom, brush, brush, bucket ladder…

If your used device cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center. The “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection) accepts dried-up paint residues, soiled containers and paint-soiled waste (brushes, rollers ...).

Paints, oils, varnishes, glazes ...
  • no dried paints, varnishes, etc.
  • only original packaged articles with full product labeling

Paint, oils, glazes and varnishes can have negative effects on health and the environment! Therefore, before using it, always find out about the ingredients and intended use of your product using the product labeling! Information about any substances of very high concern that your product may contain can be found in the associated safety data sheet. You can usually find this on the Internet using the product and manufacturer names. The GHS mark (Globally Harmonized System) provides information about the dangerousness of a product.

Paint, varnish and glazes consist of pigments (dyes), solvents, binders and other additives. Depending on the type and dose, these ingredients can have harmful effects on health and the environment.

So that the customer can learn sufficient information in advance about the mediated product, the ingredients and the intended use, the supplier should provide a detailed product description (e.g. product identification, label). If your colors are marked with a GHS mark (Globally Harmonized System), please take a photo of it and send it along. In order to exclude health hazards due to incorrect use of paints, varnishes, oils, etc., the products are only presented in their original packaging.

To protect the environment and your health, we recommend that you use paints, varnishes that are as environmentally friendly as possible. These are products in which problematic ingredients such as solvents, formaldehyde and plasticizers are dispensed with or only occur in small quantities. The products offered on the market differ considerably in terms of their pollutant content. You can find a selection of more environmentally friendly paints, glazes and varnishes as well as tips on how to use them at “Clever akafen”.

Further quality marks, by which you can recognize comparatively environmentally friendly products, are:


Avoid paint in spray cans, as these pollute the environment unnecessarily. Please dispose of dried up paint residues, soiled containers and paint-soiled waste (brushes, rollers ...) via the “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection).

Fence, planters, grill ...
  • Only flower pots clearly free of asbestos (terracotta, plastic, ceramic, wood, metal)
  • Flower pots made of other materials only with full product identification, date of production or sale (from 1.1 .2005 on, proven to be asbestos free)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time. Older devices, in particular, may contain substances harmful to health and the environment. Therefore, do not take them apart or repair them yourself!

In the past, asbestos-containing material was sometimes used for the manufacture of flower pots and boxes. If asbestos fibers are released, they can be inhaled and cause serious damage to health. Asbestos in flower boxes is usually fiber cement, in which the fibers are tightly bound. However, it cannot be ruled out that harmful asbestos fibers are released if the planters are damaged or processed, e.g. if holes are drilled to allow excess water to run off. At BENU REUSE, only used flower pots that are clearly asbestos-free are passed on, such as pots made of terracotta, plastic, ceramics, wood and metal. In the case of materials that cannot be clearly identified, a product identification with production and sales date (from 1.1.2005) is a prerequisite for mediation.

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Fence, planters, grill ...
  • No rusty tools
  • Electrical devices only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

When tools or other iron objects rust, we also speak of corrosion. This is a chemical reaction of the metal with oxygen in the presence of water or moisture. The material is literally "eaten away". Depending on how badly a tool is affected, the accuracy of fit and even stability can be reduced. As this means that the functionality is no longer guaranteed, rusted tools are excluded from being placed via BENU REUSE.

 

In the case of electrical garden tools in particular, the supplier should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible so that the customer can find out about the device in advance. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production. Older electrical appliances can contain toxic substances such as heavy metals and flame retardants. In the past, harmful asbestos was also used in thermal devices. The marketing of asbestos-containing products was banned in Luxembourg in 2001. Since July 1, 2006, electrical and electronic equipment offered in the European Union must be free from certain heavy metals and flame retardants. The six prohibited dangerous substances are the heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium as well as two groups of bromine-containing flame retardants (polybrominated byyphenyls or diphenyls) The EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment can be found here. In order to avoid the passing on of particularly polluted electrical devices and a to ensure a minimum of energy efficiency, BENU REUSE does not provide large household appliances that were produced before July 2006. In the case of small electrical appliances, we have decided to provide them regardless of their age. Due to their size, less pollution can be assumed. At the same time, resources that would be required for the production of a new device are saved in re-use. Small electrical devices are usually only in operation for a short time, so that the higher energy consumption of older devices compared to new, energy-efficient devices is less significant.

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Leaf blowers

Leaf blowers and vacuums are problematic for the environment, health and the natural balance and are therefore not mediated by BENU REUSE. In addition to leaves and branches, the devices also suck up microorganisms such as spiders and insects. The complete removal of plant seeds, leaves and branches prevents the formation of nutrients and humus in the soil and destroys the habitat of small animals living on the ground. When operating leaf blowers and vacuum cleaners, microbes, rubbish, fungal spores, excrement as well as tire and brake debris and diesel soot deposited on the ground are whirled up. This can lead to a locally harmful increase in the airborne germ content and fine dust pollution. We therefore recommend removing the withered leaves manually with a broom and rake and distributing it on beds or under trees. There it rots, serves as protection for the soil and small animals and can be worked into the soil as a natural fertilizer in spring.

Various

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Plates, cups, cutlery…

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Drinking glasses, wine glasses ...

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Pots, pans, mason jars, wooden spoons ...
  • no rusted cookware

When tools or other iron objects rust, we also speak of corrosion. This is a chemical reaction of the metal with oxygen in the presence of water or moisture. The material is literally "eaten away". Depending on how badly a tool is affected, the accuracy of fit and even stability can be reduced. As this means that the functionality is no longer guaranteed, rusted tools are excluded from being placed via BENU REUSE.

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Bread basket, bin, cutlery…

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Various

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Bed, chest of drawers, bedside table…
  • Wooden furniture without insect infestation

Wood furniture could be infested with woodworms. These are the larvae of the common beetle or rodents (Anobium punctatum) , which make their way through the woods. Only two to three millimeter holes and small piles of wood dust remain. The wood in heated apartments is relatively rarely affected by rodents. Woodworms are more likely to occur in wood that is stored in places with high humidity and moderate temperatures, such as in old sheds or cellars. Before donating old wood, please check that it is not infested with woodworms.

For this reason, the provider should provide as complete information as possible on age, previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment. This allows the buyer to assess whether and how the wood can be used safely. as flooring and siding. Plywood, particle board, and fiberboard are often used as inexpensive substitutes for solid wood. The unwanted pollution can mainly be caused by the treatment with chemical insect repellents or come from the furniture material: In the past, wood furniture was partially treated with wood preservatives to protect it from woodworms. Chemical agents against insects are still used today. Chemical agents to control moths are sometimes used in wardrobes or dressers. The particle board contains adhesives so that a strong board is created from the loose chips. Formaldehyde resins are generally used as binders for particle boards. The formaldehyde contained in the glue is continuously released from the building material in the form of gas and pollutes the ambient air. The substance is considered to be carcinogenic and may cause allergies, irritation of the skin, respiratory tract or eyes. In the past, particle board contained such high concentrations of formaldehyde that it has been shown to be a hazard to human health. Today, wood-based materials are classified into one of three emission classes based on their compensating formaldehyde concentration. (F0: no formaldehyde, E1: concentration <0.1 ppm, E2: 0.1 to 1.0 ppm, E3:> 1.0 ppm). In Germany, only particle boards of class F0 and E1 are permitted for interior construction and furniture. Wood products with low emissions and therefore also low in formaldehyde are marked with the "Blue Angel" (environmental label RAL 38). You can find more information about emission classes here and here

A large part of our furniture is made of wood or wood-based materials (wood veneer, chipboard and wood fiber panels) from forests or plantations. Forests are an irreplaceable habitat for animals and plants, protection of soil and drinking water, storage of CO2 and the basis of life for the local population. Sustainable and environmentally friendly forest management can help ensure that these functions are maintained over the long term. When buying new wooden furniture, you should therefore make sure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood furniture from certified forestry by these quality labels:

  • FSC label of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC label of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Greenpeace Timber Guide provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction wood and firewood and gives recommendations on the types of wood that can be used in all conscience. 

When buying furniture made of wood-based materials, such as plywood, chipboard, fiberboard, you must make sure that your health is not harmful to your health, or contain little formaldehyde> link, especially if they are to be used indoors. Formaldehyde-free products are classified in "emission class F0". The “Blue Angel” (RAL-Ecolabel 38) certifies low-emission furniture and slatted frames that are used indoors and are made of more than 50% by volume of wood or wood-based materials.
You can find more information about low wooden furniture shows here [1] [2] , to which your relatively environmentally friendly furniture is:

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Tables, chairs ...
  • Wooden furniture without insect infestation

Wood furniture could be infested with woodworms. These are the larvae of the common beetle or rodents (Anobium punctatum) , which make their way through the woods. Only two to three millimeter holes and small piles of wood dust remain. The wood in heated apartments is relatively rarely affected by rodents. Woodworms are more likely to occur in wood that is stored in places with high humidity and moderate temperatures, such as in old sheds or cellars. Before donating old wood, please check that it is not infested with woodworms.

For this reason, the provider should provide as complete information as possible on age, previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment. This allows the buyer to assess whether and how the wood can be used safely. as flooring and siding. Plywood, particle board, and fiberboard are often used as inexpensive substitutes for solid wood. The unwanted pollution can mainly be caused by the treatment with chemical insect repellents or come from the furniture material: In the past, wood furniture was partially treated with wood preservatives to protect it from woodworms. Chemical agents against insects are still used today. Chemical agents to control moths are sometimes used in wardrobes or dressers. The particle board contains adhesives so that a strong board is created from the loose chips. Formaldehyde resins are generally used as binders for particle boards. The formaldehyde contained in the glue is continuously released from the building material in the form of gas and pollutes the ambient air. The substance is considered to be carcinogenic and may cause allergies, irritation of the skin, respiratory tract or eyes. In the past, particle board contained such high concentrations of formaldehyde that it has been shown to be a hazard to human health. Today, wood-based materials are classified into one of three emission classes based on their compensating formaldehyde concentration. (F0: no formaldehyde, E1: concentration <0.1 ppm, E2: 0.1 to 1.0 ppm, E3:> 1.0 ppm). In Germany, only particle boards of class F0 and E1 are permitted for interior construction and furniture. Wood products with low emissions and therefore also low in formaldehyde are marked with the "Blue Angel" (environmental label RAL 38). You can find more information about emission classes here and here.

A large part of our furniture is made of wood or wood-based materials (wood veneer, chipboard and wood fiber panels) from forests or plantations. Forests are an irreplaceable habitat for animals and plants, protection of soil and drinking water, storage of CO2 and the basis of life for the local population. Sustainable and environmentally friendly forest management can help ensure that these functions are maintained over the long term. When buying new wooden furniture, you should therefore make sure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood furniture from certified forestry by these quality labels:

  • FSC label of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC label of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Greenpeace Timber Guide provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction wood and firewood and gives recommendations on the types of wood that can be used in all conscience. When buying furniture made of wood-based materials, such as plywood, chipboard, fiberboard, you must make sure that your health is not harmful to your health, or contain little formaldehyde, especially if they are to be used indoors. Formaldehyde-free products are classified in "emission class F0". The Blue Angel (RAL-Ecolabel 38) certifies low-emission furniture and slatted frames that are used indoors and are made of more than 50% by volume of wood or wood-based materials.
You can find more information about low wooden furniture shows here and  here. You can recognize relatively environmentally friendly furniture by these labels:

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Desk, office chair, shelves ...
  • Wooden furniture without insect infestation

Wood furniture could be infested with woodworms. These are the larvae of the common beetle or rodents (Anobium punctatum) , which make their way through the woods. Only two to three millimeter holes and small piles of wood dust remain. The wood in heated apartments is relatively rarely affected by rodents. Woodworms are more likely to occur in wood that is stored in places with high humidity and moderate temperatures, such as in old sheds or cellars. Before donating old wood, please check that it is not infested with woodworms. 

For this reason, the provider should provide as complete information as possible on age, previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment. This allows the buyer to assess whether and how the wood can be used safely. as flooring and siding. Plywood, particle board, and fiberboard are often used as inexpensive substitutes for solid wood. The unwanted pollution can mainly be caused by the treatment with chemical insect repellents or come from the furniture material: In the past, wood furniture was partially treated with wood preservatives to protect it from woodworms. Chemical agents against insects are still used today. Chemical agents to control moths are sometimes used in wardrobes or dressers. The particle board contains adhesives so that a strong board is created from the loose chips. Formaldehyde resins are generally used as binders for particle boards. The formaldehyde contained in the glue is continuously released from the building material in the form of gas and pollutes the ambient air. The substance is considered to be carcinogenic and may cause allergies, irritation of the skin, respiratory tract or eyes. In the past, particle board contained such high concentrations of formaldehyde that it has been shown to be a hazard to human health. Today, wood-based materials are classified into one of three emission classes based on their compensating formaldehyde concentration. (F0: no formaldehyde, E1: concentration <0.1 ppm, E2: 0.1 to 1.0 ppm, E3:> 1.0 ppm). In Germany, only particle boards of class F0 and E1 are permitted for interior construction and furniture. Wood products with low emissions and therefore also low in formaldehyde are marked with the "Blue Angel" (environmental label RAL 38). You can find more information about emission classes here and here.

A large part of our furniture is made of wood or wood-based materials (wood veneer, chipboard and wood fiber panels) from forests or plantations. Forests are an irreplaceable habitat for animals and plants, protection of soil and drinking water, storage of CO2 and the basis of life for the local population. Sustainable and environmentally friendly forest management can help ensure that these functions are maintained over the long term. When buying new wooden furniture, you should therefore make sure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood furniture from certified forestry by these quality labels:

  • FSC label of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC label of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Greenpeace Timber Guide provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction wood and firewood and gives recommendations on the types of wood that can be used in all conscience. 

When buying furniture made of wood-based materials, such as plywood, chipboard, fiberboard, you must make sure that your health is not harmful to your health, or contain little formaldehyde> link, especially if they are to be used indoors. Formaldehyde-free products are classified in "emission class F0". The “Blue Angel” (RAL-Ecolabel 38) certifies low-emission furniture and slatted frames that are used indoors and are made of more than 50% by volume of wood or wood-based materials. You can find more information about low wooden furniture here and here. You can recognize relatively environmentally friendly furniture by these labels:

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Sofa, armchair, coffee table ...
  • Wooden furniture without insect infestation

Wood furniture could be infested with woodworms. These are the larvae of the common beetle or rodents (Anobium punctatum) , which make their way through the woods. Only two to three millimeter holes and small piles of wood dust remain. The wood in heated apartments is relatively rarely affected by rodents. Woodworms are more likely to occur in wood that is stored in places with high humidity and moderate temperatures, such as in old sheds or cellars. Before donating old wood, please check that it is not infested with woodworms.

For this reason, the provider should provide as complete information as possible on age, previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment. This allows the buyer to assess whether and how the wood can be used safely. as flooring and siding. Plywood, particle board, and fiberboard are often used as inexpensive substitutes for solid wood. The unwanted pollution can mainly be caused by the treatment with chemical insect repellents or come from the furniture material: In the past, wood furniture was partially treated with wood preservatives to protect it from woodworms. Chemical agents against insects are still used today. Chemical agents to control moths are sometimes used in wardrobes or dressers. The particle board contains adhesives so that a strong board is created from the loose chips. Formaldehyde resins are generally used as binders for particle boards. The formaldehyde contained in the glue is continuously released from the building material in the form of gas and pollutes the ambient air. The substance is considered to be carcinogenic and may cause allergies, irritation of the skin, respiratory tract or eyes. In the past, particle board contained such high concentrations of formaldehyde that it has been shown to be a hazard to human health. Today, wood-based materials are classified into one of three emission classes based on their compensating formaldehyde concentration. (F0: no formaldehyde, E1: concentration <0.1 ppm, E2: 0.1 to 1.0 ppm, E3:> 1.0 ppm). In Germany, only particle boards of class F0 and E1 are permitted for interior construction and furniture. Wood products with low emissions and therefore also low in formaldehyde are marked with the "Blue Angel" (environmental label RAL 38). You can find more information about emission classes [1] [2] 

A large part of our furniture is made of wood or wood-based materials (wood veneer, chipboard and wood fiber panels) from forests or plantations. Forests are an irreplaceable habitat for animals and plants, protection of soil and drinking water, storage of CO2 and the basis of life for the local population. Sustainable and environmentally friendly forest management can help ensure that these functions are maintained over the long term. When buying new wooden furniture, you should therefore make sure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood furniture from certified forestry by these quality labels:

  • FSC label of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC label of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Greenpeace Timber Guide provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction wood and firewood and gives recommendations on the types of wood that can be used in all conscience. 

When buying furniture made of wood-based materials, such as plywood, chipboard, fiberboard, you must make sure that your health is not harmful to your health, or contain little formaldehyde> link, especially if they are to be used indoors. Formaldehyde-free products are classified in "emission class F0". The “Blue Angel” (RAL-Ecolabel 38) certifies low-emission furniture and slatted frames that are used indoors and are made of more than 50% by volume of wood or wood-based materials.
You can find more information about low wooden furniture shows here [1] [2] , to which your relatively environmentally friendly furniture is:

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Laundry room, pharmacy, towel radiateur
  • Wooden furniture without insect infestation

Wood furniture could be infested with woodworms. These are the larvae of the common beetle or rodents (Anobium punctatum) , which make their way through the woods. Only two to three millimeter holes and small piles of wood dust remain. The wood in heated apartments is relatively rarely affected by rodents. Woodworms are more likely to occur in wood that is stored in places with high humidity and moderate temperatures, such as in old sheds or cellars. Before donating old wood, please check that it is not infested with woodworms.

For this reason, the provider should provide as complete information as possible on age, previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment. This allows the buyer to assess whether and how the wood can be used safely. as flooring and siding. Plywood, particle board, and fiberboard are often used as inexpensive substitutes for solid wood. The unwanted pollution can mainly be caused by the treatment with chemical insect repellents or come from the furniture material: In the past, wood furniture was partially treated with wood preservatives to protect it from woodworms. Chemical agents against insects are still used today. Chemical agents to control moths are sometimes used in wardrobes or dressers. 

The particle board contains adhesives so that a strong board is created from the loose chips. Formaldehyde resins are generally used as binders for particle boards. The formaldehyde contained in the glue is continuously released from the building material in the form of gas and pollutes the ambient air. The substance is considered to be carcinogenic and may cause allergies, irritation of the skin, respiratory tract or eyes. In the past, particle board contained such high concentrations of formaldehyde that it has been shown to be a hazard to human health. Today, wood-based materials are classified into one of three emission classes based on their compensating formaldehyde concentration. (F0: no formaldehyde, E1: concentration <0.1 ppm, E2: 0.1 to 1.0 ppm, E3:> 1.0 ppm). In Germany, only particle boards of class F0 and E1 are permitted for interior construction and furniture. Wood products with low emissions and therefore also low in formaldehyde are marked with the "Blue Angel" (environmental label RAL 38). You can find more information about emission classes here and here.

A large part of our furniture is made of wood or wood-based materials (wood veneer, chipboard and wood fiber panels) from forests or plantations. Forests are an irreplaceable habitat for animals and plants, protection of soil and drinking water, storage of CO2 and the basis of life for the local population. Sustainable and environmentally friendly forest management can help ensure that these functions are maintained over the long term. When buying new wooden furniture, you should therefore make sure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood furniture from certified forestry by these quality labels:

  • FSC label of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC label of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Greenpeace Timber Guide provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction wood and firewood and gives recommendations on the types of wood that can be used in all conscience. 

When buying furniture made of wood-based materials, such as plywood, chipboard, fiberboard, you must make sure that your health is not harmful to your health, or contain little formaldehyde> link, especially if they are to be used indoors. Formaldehyde-free products are classified in "emission class F0". The “Blue Angel” (RAL-Ecolabel 38) certifies low-emission furniture and slatted frames that are used indoors and are made of more than 50% by volume of wood or wood-based materials. You can find more information about low wooden furniture shows here and here , You can recognize relatively environmentally friendly furniture by these labels:

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Cupboard, shelf ...
  • Wooden furniture without insect infestation

Wood furniture could be infested with woodworms. These are the larvae of the common beetle or rodents (Anobium punctatum) , which make their way through the woods. Only two to three millimeter holes and small piles of wood dust remain. The wood in heated apartments is relatively rarely affected by rodents. Woodworms are more likely to occur in wood that is stored in places with high humidity and moderate temperatures, such as in old sheds or cellars. Before donating old wood, please check that it is not infested with woodworms.

For this reason, the provider should provide as complete information as possible on age, previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment. This allows the buyer to assess whether and how the wood can be used safely. as flooring and siding. Plywood, particle board, and fiberboard are often used as inexpensive substitutes for solid wood. The unwanted pollution can mainly be caused by the treatment with chemical insect repellents or come from the furniture material: In the past, wood furniture was partially treated with wood preservatives to protect it from woodworms. Chemical agents against insects are still used today. Chemical agents to control moths are sometimes used in wardrobes or dressers. 

The particle board contains adhesives so that a strong board is created from the loose chips. Formaldehyde resins are generally used as binders for particle boards. The formaldehyde contained in the glue is continuously released from the building material in the form of gas and pollutes the ambient air. The substance is considered to be carcinogenic and may cause allergies, irritation of the skin, respiratory tract or eyes. In the past, particle board contained such high concentrations of formaldehyde that it has been shown to be a hazard to human health. Today, wood-based materials are classified into one of three emission classes based on their compensating formaldehyde concentration. (F0: no formaldehyde, E1: concentration <0.1 ppm, E2: 0.1 to 1.0 ppm, E3:> 1.0 ppm). In Germany, only particle boards of class F0 and E1 are permitted for interior construction and furniture. Wood products with low emissions and therefore also low in formaldehyde are marked with the "Blue Angel" (environmental label RAL 38). You can find more information about emission classes here and hier.

A large part of our furniture is made of wood or wood-based materials (wood veneer, chipboard and wood fiber panels) from forests or plantations. Forests are an irreplaceable habitat for animals and plants, protection of soil and drinking water, storage of CO2 and the basis of life for the local population. Sustainable and environmentally friendly forest management can help ensure that these functions are maintained over the long term. When buying new wooden furniture, you should therefore make sure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood furniture from certified forestry by these quality labels:

  • FSC label of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC label of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Greenpeace Timber Guide provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction wood and firewood and gives recommendations on the types of wood that can be used in all conscience. 

When buying furniture made of wood-based materials, such as plywood, chipboard, fiberboard, you must make sure that your health is not harmful to your health, or contain little formaldehyde> link, especially if they are to be used indoors. Formaldehyde-free products are classified in "emission class F0". The “Blue Angel” (RAL-Ecolabel 38) certifies low-emission furniture and slatted frames that are used indoors and are made of more than 50% by volume of wood or wood-based materials. You can find more information about low wooden furniture shows here and here. You can recognize relatively environmentally friendly furniture by these labels:

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Garden chair, deckchair, bench, parasol ...
  • Wooden furniture without insect infestation

Wood furniture could be infested with woodworms. These are the larvae of the common beetle or rodents (Anobium punctatum) , which make their way through the woods. Only two to three millimeter holes and small piles of wood dust remain. The wood in heated apartments is relatively rarely affected by rodents. Woodworms are more likely to occur in wood that is stored in places with high humidity and moderate temperatures, such as in old sheds or cellars. Before donating old wood, please check that it is not infested with woodworms.

For this reason, the provider should provide as complete information as possible on age, previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment. This allows the buyer to assess whether and how the wood can be used safely. as flooring and siding. Plywood, particle board, and fiberboard are often used as inexpensive substitutes for solid wood. The unwanted pollution can mainly be caused by the treatment with chemical insect repellents or come from the furniture material: In the past, wood furniture was partially treated with wood preservatives to protect it from woodworms. Chemical agents against insects are still used today. Chemical agents to control moths are sometimes used in wardrobes or dressers. The particle board contains adhesives so that a strong board is created from the loose chips. Formaldehyde resins are generally used as binders for particle boards. The formaldehyde contained in the glue is continuously released from the building material in the form of gas and pollutes the ambient air. The substance is considered to be carcinogenic and may cause allergies, irritation of the skin, respiratory tract or eyes. In the past, particle board contained such high concentrations of formaldehyde that it has been shown to be a hazard to human health. Today, wood-based materials are classified into one of three emission classes based on their compensating formaldehyde concentration. (F0: no formaldehyde, E1: concentration <0.1 ppm, E2: 0.1 to 1.0 ppm, E3:> 1.0 ppm). In Germany, only particle boards of class F0 and E1 are permitted for interior construction and furniture. Wood products with low emissions and therefore also low in formaldehyde are marked with the "Blue Angel" (environmental label RAL 38). You can find more information about emission classes here here 

A large part of our furniture is made of wood or wood-based materials (wood veneer, chipboard and wood fiber panels) from forests or plantations. Forests are an irreplaceable habitat for animals and plants, protection of soil and drinking water, storage of CO2 and the basis of life for the local population. Sustainable and environmentally friendly forest management can help ensure that these functions are maintained over the long term. When buying new wooden furniture, you should therefore make sure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood furniture from certified forestry by these quality labels:

  • FSC label of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC label of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Greenpeace Timber Guide provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction wood and firewood and gives recommendations on the types of wood that can be used in all conscience. 

When buying furniture made of wood-based materials, such as plywood, chipboard, fiberboard, you must make sure that your health is not harmful to your health, or contain little formaldehyde> link, especially if they are to be used indoors. Formaldehyde-free products are classified in "emission class F0". The “Blue Angel” (RAL-Ecolabel 38) certifies low-emission furniture and slatted frames that are used indoors and are made of more than 50% by volume of wood or wood-based materials.
You can find more information about low wooden furniture shows here [1] [2] , to which your relatively environmentally friendly furniture is:

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

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  • Wooden furniture without insect infestation

Wood furniture could be infested with woodworms. These are the larvae of the common beetle or rodents (Anobium punctatum) , which make their way through the woods. Only two to three millimeter holes and small piles of wood dust remain. The wood in heated apartments is relatively rarely affected by rodents. Woodworms are more likely to occur in wood that is stored in places with high humidity and moderate temperatures, such as in old sheds or cellars. Before donating old wood, please check that it is not infested with woodworms.

For this reason, the provider should provide as complete information as possible on age, previous use (exterior / interior) and treatment. This allows the buyer to assess whether and how the wood can be used safely. as flooring and siding. Plywood, particle board, and fiberboard are often used as inexpensive substitutes for solid wood. The unwanted pollution can mainly be caused by the treatment with chemical insect repellents or come from the furniture material: In the past, wood furniture was partially treated with wood preservatives to protect it from woodworms. Chemical agents against insects are still used today. Chemical agents to control moths are sometimes used in wardrobes or dressers. The particle board contains adhesives so that a strong board is created from the loose chips.

Formaldehyde resins are generally used as binders for particle boards. The formaldehyde contained in the glue is continuously released from the building material in the form of gas and pollutes the ambient air. The substance is considered to be carcinogenic and may cause allergies, irritation of the skin, respiratory tract or eyes. In the past, particle board contained such high concentrations of formaldehyde that it has been shown to be a hazard to human health. Today, wood-based materials are classified into one of three emission classes based on their compensating formaldehyde concentration. (F0: no formaldehyde, E1: concentration <0.1 ppm, E2: 0.1 to 1.0 ppm, E3:> 1.0 ppm). In Germany, only particle boards of class F0 and E1 are permitted for interior construction and furniture. Wood products with low emissions and therefore also low in formaldehyde are marked with the "Blue Angel" (environmental label RAL 38). You can find more information about emission classes here and here.

A large part of our furniture is made of wood or wood-based materials (wood veneer, chipboard and wood fiber panels) from forests or plantations. Forests are an irreplaceable habitat for animals and plants, protection of soil and drinking water, storage of CO2 and the basis of life for the local population. Sustainable and environmentally friendly forest management can help ensure that these functions are maintained over the long term. When buying new wooden furniture, you should therefore make sure that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. You can recognize wood furniture from certified forestry by these quality labels:

  • FSC label of the Forest Stewardship Council
  • PEFC label of the PEFC Council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)

The Greenpeace Timber Guide provides an overview of the most common furniture, construction wood and firewood and gives recommendations on the types of wood that can be used in all conscience. 

When buying furniture made of wood-based materials, such as plywood, chipboard, fiberboard, you must make sure that your health is not harmful to your health, or contain little formaldehyde> link, especially if they are to be used indoors. Formaldehyde-free products are classified in "emission class F0". The “Blue Angel” (RAL-Ecolabel 38) certifies low-emission furniture and slatted frames that are used indoors and are made of more than 50% by volume of wood or wood-based materials. You can find more information about low wooden furniture shows here and hereYou can recognize relatively environmentally friendly furniture by these labels:

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Washing machine, refrigerator, stove, vacuum cleaner ...
  • No rusty appliances
  • Large household appliances (dimensions greater than 50 cm)
  • Only with full labeling Product details (manufacturer, product name)
  • Refrigerators (refrigerators, freezers, wine cabinets) from year of production 2012
  • Other large household appliances from year of production July 2006

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.

Older devices, in particular, may contain substances harmful to health and the environment. Therefore, do not take them apart or repair them yourself!

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

In recent years, electrical appliances have been significantly improved in terms of their energy efficiency due to European requirements. For example, refrigerators, such as refrigerators, freezers and wine cabinets, have at least met the requirements of the former energy efficiency class A + since 2012. In most households, refrigerators and freezers are in continuous operation, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a result, inefficient devices can lead to very high electricity consumption. With more economical devices, however, the power consumption can be reduced significantly. According to EcoTopTen, it is usually worthwhile from an environmental point of view to replace a cooling device with an efficient device if the existing device is more than five to ten years old. Here, the energy consumption that is required to manufacture the new device pays for itself within 0.7 to 2.5 years through the savings in electricity consumption during use.

In order to prevent particularly inefficient devices from continuing to be used, BENU REUSE only provides cooling devices that have been produced since July 2012, i.e. at least correspond to the previous energy efficiency class A +. This minimum age for cooling devices also makes sense with regard to hygiene and the age of the seal. With the other large electrical appliances, such as ovens, washing machines and dishwashers, which are only in operation for a short time, the energy consumption is less significant. Here, longer use can help protect resources.

Older electrical appliances can contain toxic substances such as heavy metals and flame retardants. In the past, harmful asbestos was also used in thermal devices (such as ovens). The marketing of asbestos-containing products was banned in Luxembourg in 2001. Since July 1, 2006, electrical and electronic equipment offered in the European Union must also be free of certain heavy metals and flame retardants. The six prohibited dangerous substances are the heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium as well as two groups of bromine-containing flame retardants (polybrominated by-phenyls and diphenyls). You can find the EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment here. In order to avoid the transfer of particularly polluted large appliances and to ensure a minimum of energy efficiency, BENU REUSE does not sell any large household appliances that were produced before July 2006.

Household appliances make up a significant proportion of the energy consumption in households. Due to legal requirements and technical innovations, however, significantly more economical devices have come onto the market in recent years. You can see the energy efficiency of a device from the respective energy efficiency labels. When buying new household appliances, you should make sure that you choose a device that is as economical as possible. The higher purchase price is often compensated for after a while by lower energy consumption. In addition to the selection of the device, the correct use also influences the subsequent energy consumption. You can find a selection of energy-efficient and relatively environmentally friendly household appliances as well as tips on buying and environmentally friendly use at

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. Please dispose of old household appliances that can no longer be used or repaired properly. This is particularly important in the case of old cooling devices that still contain the climate-relevant and partially ozone-depleting CFCs or PFCs in order to prevent these substances from entering the atmosphere. For proper disposal, hand in your household appliance at the recycling center in your community. When buying a new household appliance, you can also ask the dealer to remove the old appliance when he delivers the new one.

Mobile air conditioners

Due to their high energy consumption, mobile air conditioning systems are harmful to the environment and the climate. They are therefore not conveyed at BENU REUSE. Air conditioning systems require a lot of energy for cooling or heating: powerful fans have to ensure that the air is circulated and the heat pump requires a powerful, built-in compressor. The Stiftung Warentest tested, among other things, five monoblock air conditioning units in 2018. The main points of criticism were the high power consumption of up to 1,000 watts per hour. The high energy consumption also entails high electricity costs for the user. Depending on the use and the device used, air conditioning units can become the largest electricity consumer in the household. As a rule, however, a household in our part of the world can do without air conditioning. You can cool the apartment in a cost-neutral and environmentally friendly way by ventilating it at night and in the morning. Then the windows that are shone by the sun should be shaded with light-proof awnings, curtains or a roller shutter and remain closed. The best protection against heat is a sun protection that is attached to the outside of the window. All large heat sources in the house - computers, ceiling washlights or even plasma televisions - should only be used when they are really needed. If these measures are not sufficient, e.g. in long periods of heat, fans can be used. This cool was not the room air, but through the air movement it creates an effect that is perceived as cooling. At the same time, they need less energy than air conditioning. You can find more information here

Toaster, blender, sewing machine, iron…
  • No rusty appliances
  • Large household appliances (dimensions greater than 50 cm)
  • Only with full labeling Product details (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.

Older devices, in particular, may contain substances harmful to health and the environment. Therefore, do not take them apart or repair them yourself!

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

In the case of electrical garden tools in particular, the supplier should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible so that the customer can find out about the device in advance. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production. Older electrical appliances can contain toxic substances such as heavy metals and flame retardants. In the past, harmful asbestos was also used in thermal devices. The marketing of asbestos-containing products was banned in Luxembourg in 2001. Since July 1, 2006, electrical and electronic equipment offered in the European Union must be free from certain heavy metals and flame retardants. The six prohibited dangerous substances are the heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium as well as two groups of bromine-containing flame retardants (polybrominated byyphenyls or diphenyls) The EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment can be found here

In order to avoid the passing on of particularly polluted electrical devices and a to ensure a minimum of energy efficiency, BENU REUSE does not provide large household appliances that were produced before July 2006. In the case of small electrical appliances, we have decided to provide them regardless of their age. Due to their size, less pollution can be assumed. At the same time, resources that would be required for the production of a new device are saved in re-use. Small electrical devices are usually only in operation for a short time, so that the higher energy consumption of older devices compared to new, energy-efficient devices is less significant.

Household appliances make up a significant proportion of the energy consumption in households. Due to legal requirements and technical innovations, however, significantly more economical devices have come onto the market in recent years. You can see the energy efficiency of a device from the respective energy efficiency labels. When buying new household appliances, you should make sure that you choose a device that is as economical as possible. The higher purchase price is often compensated for after a while by lower energy consumption. In addition to the selection of the device, the correct use also influences the subsequent energy consumption. You can find a selection of energy-efficient and relatively environmentally friendly household appliances as well as tips on buying and environmentally friendly use at

If your used device cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center. The “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection) accepts dried-up paint residues, soiled containers and paint-soiled waste (brushes, rollers ...). 

Suspensions, spotlights, floor lamps, wall lights, outdoor lamps ...
  • Only LED compatible lamps
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional lights must be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee that their safety and they are free from defects, functionality. We recommend to have it checked by a professional before using it for the first time.

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

The EU has implemented regulations for energy-efficient lighting since 2009. With the abolition of the conventional light bulb and partly also the halogen lights for 22V, only the remainder of them may be sold. By switching to LEDs (light-emitting diodes), the power consumption for lighting can be reduced to around a fifth. You can find out more about energy saving through LEDs here 1 2. In the meantime, the range of LEDs has been greatly increased and they are used for all areas of application offered. Even most of the older lights can now be fitted with LEDs. LEDs have numerous advantages over other light sources. They are more durable, more energy-saving and mercury-free in contrast to the earlier energy-saving lamps (also known as compact fluorescent lamps). Compared to energy-saving lamps, LEDs also have the advantage that they are bright immediately after being switched on, are comparatively more stable and (mostly) more efficient. Despite the higher purchase price, their total costs are significantly lower, even compared to halogen lamps, thanks to lower electricity costs and longer service life. At BENU REUSE, therefore, only luminaires that can be equipped with LEDs are sold.

Today there is an abundance of different LED lights on the market. The proportion of luminaires with LEDs that can no longer be replaced has increased more and more in recent years. As early as October 2016, the ZDF consumer magazine “WISO” found out in a random sample that in some large furniture stores the LED lamps are now permanently installed in the base of around 70 percent of the ceiling lights. This development is to be viewed extremely critically, even if it has a long shelf life is promised, the LEDs can no longer be replaced. As a result, the entire luminaire has to be completely disposed of as electronic waste as soon as the light-emitting diode fails. Therefore only buy lights with replaceable bulbs! The SuperDrecksKëscht provides a list of LED lights with replaceable LEDs. You can find more tips and a selection of particularly energy-efficient and long-lasting LEDs at

If your used device cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center. The SuperDreckskëscht (recycling center or mobile collection) accepts dried-up paint residues, soiled containers and paint-soiled waste (brushes, rollers ...).

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  • No rusty devices
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.

Older devices, in particular, may contain substances harmful to health and the environment. Therefore, do not take them apart or repair them yourself!

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

Older electrical appliances can contain toxic substances such as heavy metals and flame retardants. In the past, harmful asbestos was also used in thermal devices (such as ovens). The marketing of asbestos-containing products was banned in Luxembourg in 2001. Since July 1, 2006, electrical and electronic equipment offered in the European Union must also be free of certain heavy metals and flame retardants. The six prohibited dangerous substances are the heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium as well as two groups of bromine-containing flame retardants (polybrominated by-phenyls and diphenyls). You can find the EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment here. In order to avoid the transfer of particularly polluted large appliances and to ensure a minimum of energy efficiency, BENU REUSE does not sell any large household appliances that were produced before July 2006.

If your used device cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center. The “SuperDreckskëscht” (recycling center or mobile collection) accepts dried-up paint residues, soiled containers and paint-soiled waste (brushes, rollers ...). 

Computer, monitors, printer, laptop, tablet ...
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.


If you want to transmit a complete computer with hard drive or the hard drive separately, make sure that there is no more personal data on it!

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

The availability of information and communication devices is steadily increasing. For example, in 2000 only just under half of households in Germany had a computer, today the proportion is already over 80 percent. Computers are manufactured with a great deal of energy and material. With average usage, more than half of the environmental impact of a computer is due to its manufacture, the rest mainly due to its use. You can relieve the environment, e.g. if you use your computer for as long as possible and do not replace it with a new device as often. In addition, when buying a computer or laptop, you should make sure that its equipment is tailored to your personal usage requirements and not oversized. The same goes for computer screens, printers and other devices. In addition, make sure to buy an efficient device and use it in an energy-saving way. Information, tips on the selection and sustainable use of computers, among others, Beamern, Printers can be found at EcoTopTen.

The TCO seal certifies notebooks, monitors, computers and projectors that are particularly were produced in a socially responsible manner. Other important criteria of the label are low environmental pollution, responsible mineral extraction, energy efficiency and repairability. You can find a selection of notebooks, tablets and computer monitors that meet the TCO criteria. Particularly energy-efficient printers are also listed here. You can also find particularly economical and low-emission computer monitors at EcoTopTen.

If your used computer, laptop, screen, etc. cannot be brokered via BENU REUSE or your desired device is not offered, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you can find out which organizations and companies broker or accept used equipment and hand in or sell them for reuse. Please dispose of devices that can no longer be repaired or used properly at your community's recycling center.

Smartphone, landline ...
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.
If you want to transmit a phone make sure that there is no more personal data on it!

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

Even with intensive use, smartphones have a rather low internal power consumption. However, they cause high energy consumption for data transmission via cellular networks and for production. Since every smartphone requires a lot of raw materials and precious metals, production is also associated with far-reaching negative environmental impacts. The degradation of the mainly rare substances is associated with environmental pollution in the countries of origin. Due to the short lifespan of the devices, the demand for raw materials continues to increase. Because even if smartphones are recycled well, not all metals can be recovered.

For this reason, it is important to use your smartphone for as long as possible. When buying a new one, make sure that you can change the battery yourself and without special tools. Since batteries are often one of the first components to fail, you can extend the life of your smartphone in this way. The battery will also last longer if handled properly. You can find tips for gentle treatment and more energy-saving cell phone use here, 2

You can get old cell phones that you no longer need to the Caritas project "ereuse" and Digital inclusion. Used smartphones that are still functional are refurbished for reuse and distributed through charitable partner organizations. Cell phones that are no longer functional are recycled. You can hand in your old smartphone in a mobile bag at one of the numerous collection points. Please do not dispose of unusable batteries with household waste, but rather via the SuperDreckskëscht (recycling center or mobile collection).

MP3 player, radio, CD player, record player, amplifier, speaker ...
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.


Older devices, in particular, may contain substances harmful to health and the environment. Therefore, do not take them apart or repair them yourself!

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

Older electrical appliances can contain toxic substances such as heavy metals and flame retardants. In the past, harmful asbestos was also used in thermal devices (such as ovens). The marketing of asbestos-containing products was banned in Luxembourg in 2001. Since July 1, 2006, electrical and electronic equipment offered in the European Union must also be free of certain heavy metals and flame retardants. The six prohibited dangerous substances are the heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium as well as two groups of bromine-containing flame retardants (polybrominated by-phenyls and diphenyls). You can find the EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment here. In order to avoid the transfer of particularly polluted large appliances and to ensure a minimum of energy efficiency, BENU REUSE does not sell any large household appliances that were produced before July 2006.

Audio devices such as MP3 players and smartphones are part of everyday life for most people. Even children and teenagers listen to music and audio books or play games through headphones. And hearing consumption continues to increase with age. If the ears are exposed to loud music for too long, there is a risk of health damage. A European Union standard sets an upper limit of 100 decibels (A) for portable audio devices. This volume corresponds to that of chainsaws or noisy motorcycles. Hearing protection is recommended for workplaces from 85 decibels (A). According to a study commissioned by the European Commission, people risk incurable hearing damage after about five years if they listen to loud music (over 89 decibels) through headphones for more than an hour a day every week. When buying a new device, make sure that the audio device has a Contains volume control and a decibel limit, especially if this is used by children. You can find hints and tips for healthy hearing here, 2.  

If your used device cannot be brokered via BENU REUSE or your desired device is not offered, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you can find out which organizations and companies broker or accept used equipment and hand in or sell them for reuse. Please dispose of devices that can no longer be repaired or used properly at your community's recycling center.

TV, video camera, DVD, slide projector…
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.
Older devices, in particular, may contain substances harmful to health and the environment. Therefore, do not take them apart or repair them yourself!

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

Older electrical appliances can contain toxic substances such as heavy metals and flame retardants. In the past, harmful asbestos was also used in thermal devices (such as ovens). The marketing of asbestos-containing products was banned in Luxembourg in 2001. Since July 1, 2006, electrical and electronic equipment offered in the European Union must also be free of certain heavy metals and flame retardants. The six prohibited dangerous substances are the heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium as well as two groups of bromine-containing flame retardants (polybrominated by-phenyls and diphenyls). You can find the EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment here. In order to avoid the transfer of particularly polluted large appliances and to ensure a minimum of energy efficiency, BENU REUSE does not sell any large household appliances that were produced before July 2006. the case of small electrical appliances, we have decided to provide them regardless of their age. Due to their size, less pollution can be assumed. At the same time, resources that would be required for the production of a new device are saved in re-use. Small electrical devices are usually only in operation for a short time, so that the higher energy consumption of older devices compared to new, energy-efficient devices is less significant. From an energetic point of view, it therefore makes sense to continue using an old television set that is still working.

In Germany, a 2-person household has an average of 1.8 televisions. Not only are more and more televisions being sold, at the same time the devices being sold are also getting bigger and bigger. A few years ago a screen diagonal of 30 inches was still common, today devices with 40 inches or larger are mostly sold. As a rule, this also increases the price, electricity consumption and electricity costs. When buying a new one, you should therefore consider whether a very large device is really necessary. It is also worth choosing a device that is as energy-efficient as possible, as televisions are real power guzzlers and can cause electricity costs of several hundred euros over their lifespan. For example, very large televisions consume up to 400 kilowatt hours of electricity annually (if used four hours a day). For comparison: a particularly efficient television set in a very good energy efficiency class only consumes ten percent of it. Over a period of ten years, this will save over 1,000 euros in electricity costs. You can also save electricity by switching off the device, because many device functions consume electricity in stand-by mode. If, on the other hand, you switch off your television with the power switch or a switchable socket strip, you can save up to twelve percent electricity.

You can find more tips on the more economical use of televisions here

A selection of particularly energy-efficient televisions is compiled here:

If your used device cannot be brokered via BENU REUSE or your desired device is not offered, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you can find out which organizations and companies broker or accept used equipment and hand in or sell them for reuse. Please dispose of devices that can no longer be repaired or used properly at your community's recycling center.

Camera, tripod, binoculars…
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Various
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.
Older devices, in particular, may contain substances harmful to health and the environment. Therefore, do not take them apart or repair them yourself!

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

Older electrical appliances can contain toxic substances such as heavy metals and flame retardants. In the past, harmful asbestos was also used in thermal devices (such as ovens). The marketing of asbestos-containing products was banned in Luxembourg in 2001. Since July 1, 2006, electrical and electronic equipment offered in the European Union must also be free of certain heavy metals and flame retardants. The six prohibited dangerous substances are the heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium as well as two groups of bromine-containing flame retardants (polybrominated by-phenyls and diphenyls). You can find the EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment here. In order to avoid the transfer of particularly polluted large appliances and to ensure a minimum of energy efficiency, BENU REUSE does not sell any large household appliances that were produced before July 2006. the case of small electrical appliances, we have decided to provide them regardless of their age. Due to their size, less pollution can be assumed. At the same time, resources that would be required for the production of a new device are saved in re-use. Small electrical devices are usually only in operation for a short time, so that the higher energy consumption of older devices compared to new, energy-efficient devices is less significant.

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Photos, frames

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Carpets, rugs, bed covers…
  • Only with full identification of the product (label) and information on the previous treatment
  • Only unglued carpets
  • Without insect infestation
  • No eulanised carpets (recognizable by the symbol "EULAN" on the label)

Depending on the material and treatment, carpets and carpets can represent a potential source of pollutants in the interior. Therefore, the provider should provide a detailed description (e.g. product identification, label) and, if possible, provide information on previous treatment. When gluing carpets, emissions of highly volatile organic compounds (VOC) are to be expected from the adhesives used. Due to the possible pollution caused by adhesives, used floor coverings are only sold through BENU REUSE if they are free of adhesive residues.

 

Virgin wool carpets are very susceptible to moth infestation during storage and transport and are therefore often equipped with moth repellent at a very early stage of production. These are pesticidal active ingredients that are firmly connected to the fiber, but are mobilized by the carpet abrasion and can get into the air and onto the mucous membranes via the dust path. Until 1988 the so-called Eulan was produced and used as an insecticidal finishing agent against moth damage in wool carpets and natural fiber floor coverings. The treatment with Eulan can be recognized by the following symbols on the label.

Even today, the insecticidal agents (PCSD and PCAD) contained in Eulan can be found in high concentrations in house dust samples. The data situation on these environmental chemicals is relatively small, the toxic potential is, however, comparatively high in a study by ARGUK estimated. Due to possible health risks, carpets treated with Eulan are not sold at BENU REUSE.

Because of their large surface area, carpets and textile floor coverings have a high potential to pollute indoor air. The possible pollutant loads depend on the respective materials and their treatment. Synthetic fiber carpets or needle felt carpets made of polyamide, polyacrylic, polyester or polypropylene are often offered with a large number of chemical treatments that, for example, reduce static chargeability, have a dirt-repellent effect or improve lightfastness. Natural fiber carpets are characterized by properties that improve the room climate, but they can also contain harmful substances. In the case of floor coverings made of plant-based materials such as sisal, jute or coconut fiber, for example, there are always residues of pesticidal active ingredients that have been applied to the fiber during the cultivation of the plants or afterwards. Sheep's wool carpets are usually treated with moth repellants. Nowadays, the moth repellent permethrin is mostly used, a synthetic pyrethroid that can lead to symptoms such as irritation of the mucous membranes and headaches but also to nerve damage when exposed to increased dust. You can find more information and tips on choosing textile floor coverings here2.

You can recognize carpets that are more compatible with health, among other things, by the Blue Angel quality mark.

When gluing carpets, emissions of highly volatile organic compounds (VOC) that are harmful to health are to be expected from the adhesives used. We therefore recommend that you refrain from gluing large areas as far as possible and attach your carpet with edge fixings or adhesive tapes. If adhesives are required, you should use products that are as environmentally friendly as possible to protect the environment and your health. Quality marks by which you can recognize comparatively compatible adhesives are:

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Vases, sculptures, collections ...

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Wall mirrors, mirrors with frames, mirrored glasses…

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

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If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Balls, rackets, fitness equipment,...
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name, year of production)
  • No sportswear

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production. BENU REUSE does not provide any clothing or textiles. The reason why, you can find out here. Therefore, sportswear is also excluded. Sports accessories such as ice skates, ski boots, boxing gloves or the like can, however, be accepted.

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Puzzles, board games, model cars, construction toys ...
  • Only washable soft toys
  • Board games only complete and with instructions

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Bike, scooter, skateboard, inline skating ...
  • Only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name, year of production)

Only functional devices should be transmitted via BENU REUSE. Since these are second-hand goods, neither BENU REUSE nor the supplier can guarantee their safety or that they are free from defects, functionality. In the case of electrical devices, we recommend having it checked by a specialist before using it for the first time.

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Musical instruments, records, CDs…
  • CD, DVD, discs only unscratched and complete with sleeve / box

In the “Music” sub-category, only functional musical instruments and sound carriers are taught. If you would like to pass on used CDs, DVDs or records, please make sure that they are completely packed and unscratched so that the recipient can continue to use. If you are looking for, or offering records or CDs for another purpose - e.g. for handicrafts or similar - they can also be of poorer quality. In this case, please place your ad under the sub-category "Various".

If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

Books, e-book readers, comics, magazines.
  • E-book reader only with full product identification (manufacturer, product name)

In order for the customer to be able to find out about the device in advance, the provider should provide a product description that is as detailed as possible. Important information is mainly the manufacturer, product name and year of production.

If you cannot find a: n buyer: in for your used books via BENU REUSE or if your dream book is not available, then go to REUSE Service. Here you can find out which organizations and companies broker or accept used books and give or sell them for reuse .

The best way to save resources is to pass on or jointly use books and magazines, e.g. in reading groups, file sharing networks and lending libraries. For people who read a lot, the use of an e-book reader can possibly make a contribution to climate protection. Because reading with the electronic device saves paper, energy and greenhouse gases. If there are ten or more books a year, it is worth switching to an e-book reader, but only if it actually replaces the purchase of new printed books or newspapers. In addition, make sure to buy an efficient device and use it in an energy-saving way. You can find more information and tips on the selection and sustainable use of e-book readers here.

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If your used tool cannot be brokered by BENU REUSE or you cannot find the tool you are looking for, then have a look at REUSE Service. Here you will discover the addresses of organizations and companies that accept used tools and give or sell them for reuse. You can also have it repaired by various partners or repair it yourself. If your used tool can no longer be used or repaired, please dispose of it at your community's recycling center.

We have decided not to sell clothes, textiles or furs through BENU REUSE. We generally reject the use of fur for ethical reasons. Incidentally, since June 2018 the breeding of fur animals has been banned in Luxembourg!

Several initiatives in Luxembourg collect clothes in order to use them further, e.g. charitable organizations but also various second-hand shops. You can find information on this under BENU Service.

With the BENU COUTURE project, we have been upcycling clothing since October 2018. In our professional tailor's atelier in Esch / Alzette, UpCycling fashion is designed, produced and sold in our own shop using used clothes. In the future, you will receive more information about our project on a new website from BENU COUTURE, many details about the global use of collected clothing and the problems of the steadily growing fast fashion industry.

For logistical reasons, it is unfortunately not possible to sell surplus groceries through BENU REUSE.

But several initiatives in Luxembourg are already active in this field! They endeavor to convey food that can no longer be sold in stores and thereby "save" it from being thrown away. You can find information on this under REUSE Service.

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