Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Information relating to the responsibilities of retailers and producers of WEEE
What is WEEE?
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is anything that has a plug or a battery and is at the end of its useful life. Examples of household items that can be recycled for free include:
• All types of batteries including farm fencing and automotive batteries
• Torches, Power tools and other Small Electrical Devices
• Fridges, Freezers
• Washing Machines and Electric Ovens
• PCs, TVs, Monitors, Energy Saving Lamps and other Lighting Equipment
Recycling WEEE allows valuable resources including plastics, metals and glass to be recovered for further use in manufacturing, and ensures hazardous waste is disposed of safely helping to protect our environment.
So, when it reaches the end of its useful life, the public can return electrical and electronic waste to your local authority recycling centres (at no charge), participating commercial recycling centre or participating electrical retailers (where’s there’s no purchase necessary). To identify the nearest drop off location, check the WEEE Ireland website.
WEEE Ireland continues to maintain an approved Register for Retailers and Distribution Centres of electrical appliances and industrial and automotive batteries as required under the Regulations. WEEE Ireland has registered around 8000 retailers across the country.
A producer is defined as an organisation that manufactures, imports or rebrands products to be placed onto the Irish market
All producers of WEEE must apply for membership to a compliance scheme and register with the Producer Register. This can be done through the attached links below.
Following the agreement reached between Compliance Schemes in October 2020, new rules are in place for Producers wanting to switch between one Compliance Scheme to another. Please note that a Producer that intends to switch from its existing scheme to a new scheme shall give its existing scheme written notice. Such notice must be received by the Producer's existing scheme no later than 30 September of the year preceding the year in which that Producer intends to become a member of the new scheme.
WEEE Regulations available here.