Many products and appliances in our homes use batteries and accumulators as their energy source. When these batteries and accumulators reach their end of life many of their components can be recycled, avoiding the release of hazardous substances to the environment and, in addition, providing valuable materials to important products and production processes.
EU and National legislation on waste batteries aims to promote the recycling of waste batteries by setting targets for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste batteries in an environmentally sound manner. It also aims to improve the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of batteries and accumulators, e.g. producers, distributors and end-users and, in particular, those operators directly involved in the treatment and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators. Producers of batteries and accumulators and producers of other products incorporating a battery or accumulator are given responsibility for the waste management of batteries and accumulators that they place on the market.
Waste batteries must not be disposed of in general refuse or mixed waste streams. Since September 2008, all shops that sell batteries must take back your waste batteries for free recycling, regardless of whether you purchase anything in their store. This is part of the European Directive which came into force to encourage battery recycling across the EU.
Batteries can be recycled in any outlet that sells batteries of similar type. Household batteries such as AA, AAA and button cell batteries can be brought back to your local supermarket, newsagent or discount store. Car batteries can be brought back to your local garage or motor factor, and electric fence batteries can be brought to your local agri-store.
The Irish Producer Compliance Schemes have distributed battery recycling boxes to shops around the country. Look out for the battery boxes in stores near you and portable waste batteries can also be taken to your local civic amenity site free of charge.
Retailers of batteries have certain obligations including:
- Registering their premises with Kilkenny County Council or with WEEE Ireland.
- Informing customers of free take back of waste batteries for recycling.
- Providing free take-back of waste batteries similar to type sold.
Further details of Retailer obligations can be found in the EPA guidance documents:
Batteries & WEEE.pdf (size 415.3 KB)
Retailer industrial automotive batteries.pdf (size 609.5 KB)
Download Application form for registration with Kilkenny County Council:
S.I. No. 283/2014 - European Union (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2014 are available at: