New regulations have been passed to encourage greater recovery and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries). These regulations place a number of obligations on Retailers of portable (i.e. AA, AAA, Cell C, Cell D, PP3, PP9 etc.), automotive or industrial batteries. A Retailer who sells electrical and electronic equipment (e.g. computers, toys, watches etc.) with a battery incorporated in or accompanying the product is also a Battery Retailer under the scope of the regulations.
What are the Retailer obligations?
Retailer obligations include the following:
Provide free in-store take back for waste batteries which are equivalent to the type being sold (i.e. retailers will not have to take back a car battery if they only sell batteries suitable for a torch or remote control). European Recycling Platform (ERP), the approved compliance scheme, will provide battery boxes for your retail premises.
Take back is on a one-for-zero basis. This means that members of the public are not obliged to make a purchase when depositing waste batteries at a retail outlet.
Ensure your premises is registered with Louth County Council see Registration requirements section below or alternatively with ERP.
Retailers must ensure that waste portable batteries are brought to the nearest Civic Amenity site, subject to prior arrangements being made, or alternatively arrange for collection by ERP.
ERP (European Recycling Platform) have been authorised by the Minister for the Environment as the approved compliance scheme for Co. Louth. If you sell batteries and have not already received a battery box, just contact ERP at 01-299 5642. For details of ERP collection points in your area, contact ERP at 0818-332 757.
• If you are already registered with Louth County Council under the WEEE Regulations, you are automatically included on the Batteries Retailer Register. There is no need to re-register with us for the Batteries Regulations.
• Retailers who do not sell electrical and electronic equipment, automotive and/or industrial batteries (e.g. the only type of batteries sold are portable batteries such as AAA, AA, Cell C, Cell D, PP3, PP9 etc.) are exempted from registration. However, you must still accept batteries free-of-charge.
• Retailers of automotive and industrial batteries must register with Louth County Council. A nominal fee of €20 per premises applies. Retailers of automotive and industrial batteries click here for application form.
Please note that the form can also be used for registration/re-registration under the WEEE regulations.
For further details, or if you have any queries on the regulations, contact the Enforcement Section in Louth County Council on 042-9324 195 / 042-9324 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2008
Waste Batteries and the Retailer Information Note Oct 2008
www.environ.ie - Department of the Environment
www.epa.ie - Environmental Protection Agency
http://erp-recycling.org/ - European Recycling Platform
WEEE & Batteries Registration Form