Terms of Use

Terms of Use


Operating company:


WtERT Germany GmbH
Lipowskystraße 8
81373 München (Munich), Germany
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 / 189 17 87 – 0
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 189 17 87 - 29
E-Mail: info@wtert.net

USt-IdNr.: DE 265 335 543

Responsible for content: General Manager Dipl.-Ing. (TU) Werner P. Bauer

1. Eligibility


Led by the Global WTERT Council (GWC), WTERT is an international top-tier-technical group that brings together engineers, scientists and managers from industry, universities and government with the objective of advancing sustainable waste management on a global scale. The Global WTERT Council (GWC) has its registered office at the Earth Engineering Center (EEC), Columbia University, New York.


GWC is among the few academic organizations dedicated to the sustainable management of used materials.

Director and founder of GWC is Mr. Nickolas Themelis, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University.


By order and contract from the GWC, WtERT Germany GmbH is authorized to pool the experience of the global WTERT organizations as well as their partners, with the objective of designing a global WTERT - DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM (DSS). This WTERT-DSS is intended to help local stakeholders to classify their problems and to lead them through their first steps of decision making.


2. Scope of application


The WTERT - DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM (DSS) provides its services on the basis of the present Terms of Use. The Terms of Use applicable are those provided online at the time the services of this site are used. We shall not accept provisions in derogation of these terms unless they have been confirmed by the operator of this site in writing. By using this website you explicitly confirm your agreement to these Terms of Use and without requiring any further explanation.

3. Content/Offers, Disclaimer


WtERT Germany provides own and third-party information and knowledge. The WTERT - DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM (DSS) offers a broad variety of information from scientific, governmental and non-governmental organizations, municipalities and associations,  combined with product related knowledge from private companies. Any knowledge stemming from a partner company is labeled accordingly. In the event of loss or damages incurred as a result of reliance on information or content which you received whilst using the operator shall only be liable, if the damage was caused intentionally or as a result of gross negligence by any legal representative or vicarious agent of WtERT Germany or if, due to slight negligence, an obligation that is central to the contract (contractual obligation) is violated. 


WtERT Germany provides only the technical medium for offers of information and knowledge products of partner companies and private persons (e.g. in discussion forums). Information provided by third parties is information pertaining to the respective originators, authors or disseminators and does not pertain to WtERT Germany. WtERT Germany shall therefore under no circumstances be liable for the accuracy or reliability of this content, information or offer. In particular, WtERT Germany shall not be liable for any losses or damages incurred by a user who has relied on such information. Contributions which could damage third parties or which contain information purely for advertising purposes shall be deleted by the webmaster. Any infringement of criminal or competitive law shall be prosecuted immediately. The operator dissociates himself explicitly from such contributions.


The insertion of hyperlinks in our offer is merely to provide access pursuant to Article 3, paragraph 3 of the German Tele-Services Act (TDG). We are not, to any extent, responsible for the content of linked websites.

4. Proprietary Rights, Use of Content


Proprietary, copyrights and other rights of third parties accessed via WtERT Germany remain wholly pertinent to the holder of these rights and are protected accordingly. Unless stated otherwise in an individual agreement, you are granted to make some limited copies of portions of the site content provided that these copies are solely for your personal use and that you keep all copyright or other proprietary notices intact.


Distribution of the content and data obtained from the WERT-DSS, in any form as well as the uploading of site content to any third-party website is strictly prohibited.


It is strictly prohibited to use the WERT-DSS databases for commercial purposes. Any violation thereof shall be legally prosecuted.


An online subscription entitles you to the use of the database exclusively during the agreed period and extends to you individually and to one computer. For use by more than one user or on more than one computer subscription packages are available for a predetermined maximum number of users and computers. Special conditions and offers apply for companies. 


In closed user groups, each user receives a personal user name and password for his workplace, with which to access the site. The user agrees to maintain this information as confidential and not to pass it on to third parties. The user shall change this login information should it for any reason have become known to third parties.


Passing on database content to third parties, even in part, is strictly prohibited.


5. Agreement on Goods and Services


In as far as goods or services of third parties being offered on the WTERT-DSS site, any agreement is made exclusively between you and the said third-party provider. Any claims are to be directed to the aforementioned third party. All offers are subject to the respective pricelist and delivery conditions of the provider valid at the time of purchase.



6. Right of withdrawal


You may revoke your declaration of intent in text form (i.e. by letter, fax, e-mail) within two weeks, without provision of a reason.


The withdrawal period begins on receipt of the revocation instructions but not before the contract becomes valid and also not before our obligations in accordance with § 312c para. 2 BGB (Civil Code of Germany) in association with § 1 para. 1, 2 and 4 BGB-InfoV as well as our obligations in accordance with § 312e para. 1 sentence 1 BGB in association with § 3 BGB-InfoV are fulfilled. The revocation period shall be deemed observed if the notice of revocation is given within this period.


The revocation must be sent to:


WtERT Germany GmbH

Lipowskystraße 8

81373 München (Munich), Germany

Telephone: +49 (0) 89 / 189 17 87 – 0

Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 189 17 87 - 29

E-Mail: info@wtert.eu 


Consequences of revocation


In the case of a valid revocation, all mutually received performances as well as emoluments taken (e.g. interest), if applicable, are to be restituted by either side. If you are unable or partially unable to restitute the merchandise to us, or if you can only restitute it in a deteriorated condition, then you are obliged to compensate for the difference in value where applicable. All reimbursement obligations must be fulfilled within 30 days of the declaration of revocation.




7. Terms of Use – Posts and Forums


By using the planned dialogue facilities (e.g. discussion forums) on the WTERT-DSS you agree to restrict yourself to exchanging opinions on a professional level, to refrain from advertising and to respect the interests of others. Any violation of these terms can lead to your contributions being removed and your membership barred.


8. Commitment when using your own Expert Site – members and experts


Users of the WtERT DSS are either members or experts. If you wish to view specific content from the WTERT-DSS you must become a free WTERT member. If you wish to have access to the planned contact tool in order to be able to communicate with WTERT experts, you must enter some minimal information in your own Expert Site. Please choose your geographical and thematic field of expertise by entering countries and setting tags and agree that your picture and profile may be shown in wtert.net according to thematic field of expertise and geographical focus.


You guarantee that you own all required rights to photos or text you post on the site, or that you have the author’s written consent to post and publish this copyrighted content on the websites listed in "1 - Scope of application”. This refers in particular to up-loaded paper abstracts, where the expert is obliged to link to official sites where users can procure the whole text of the paper.


In addition, the user guarantees, when posting a photo or text to the site, that the posted content does not violate applicable laws, is not contra bonos mores and does not violate the rights of third parties (name, trademark, copyright, data protection rights, etc.).


In particular, it is prohibited to either directly or indirectly, or by linking to other websites, distribute content of a pornographic nature, content which glorifies violence or incitese racial or ethnic hatred, which promotes criminal activities or provides instructions for this purpose, or which infringes upon the political or religious beliefs of others.


Should a claim be raised against the Operator for infringement of the law, (violation of copyright, of general personal rights or any other infringement of rights), the User indemnifies the Operator from all claims by third parties.


9. Access Authorisation


The Operator reserves the right to refuse allocation of user names and passwords or to cancel login data within seven days without giving any reason. The right to terminate the agreement without notice of reason is however exercised, in particular, if


a) incorrect data is supplied on registering

b) our services are misused in any way

c) our services are damaged or their functionality impaired

d) the Terms of Use are breached in any way.


We explicitly reserve the right to put forward claims for compensation, should the occasion arise.

10. Site Availability


There is no entitlement to constant, uninterrupted availability of our sites. The Operator does not accept any liability for the temporary unavailability of the sites due to maintenance work or technical problems.

11. Data Protection


See Privacy Policy in "8 - Commitment when using your own Expert Site”.

12. Other Provisions


When this agreement stipulates the written form, this includes messages by email, fax and letter. The laws of the Federal Republic of Germany govern the legal relationship of the User and WtERT Germany GmbH.

13. Severability Clause


If and to the extent that any provision of this Agreement or any future provision of it be deemed void or unfeasible or lose its validity or feasibility, this shall not affect the validity of the other provisions of this Agreement. The invalid, unfeasible, or incomplete provision or provisions shall be replaced with appropriate and currently valid legal provisions. The same shall apply if the Terms of Use contain omissions.


Date of last edit: 2017 September 17