Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations 2005, 2011 and 2014

Background

Regulations were published on 6th July 2005 to promote the recovery of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. These regulations cover all Electrical and Electronic Equipment (referred to as EEE), e.g. ranging from televisions to power tools and hair dryers to cookers. All producers, retailers and consumers of EEE are affected by these regulations.

European Communities (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations, 2011

These Regulations came into effect on 5th July 2011 and revoked the Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations, 2005. The regulations are designed to promote the recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. They will facilitate in particular the achievement of the targets for the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment in an environmentally sound manner. All producers, retailers and consumers of EEE are affected by these regulations.

The European Union (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations 2014 (SI no 149 of 2014) came into effect on 29th March 2014.  See copy of the regulations below


Requirements

WEEE and the Consumer

Consumers can return their WEEE (old appliances, no longer used), without charge, to a Civic Amenity Centre. In Louth, there are two Civic Amenity Centres, and both are operated by V&W Recycling. One is located on the Newry Road in Dundalk (Ph: 042-9329200), while the other is located at Mell, Drogheda (Ph: 041-9803900).

WEEE can be returned to the retailer when buying new electrical goods. This is on a one for one, like for like basis, and the WEEE must be returned within 15 days of purchasing the new product. e.g. when buying a new washing machine you will be entitled to return your old washing machine to the retailer within 15 days of purchase.

If the new product is delivered, then the retailer must provide 24 hours notice to take away the WEEE, or otherwise collect it within 15 days of delivery. Please ensure that all WEEE is clean and disconnected from all utilities prior to collection by the retailer.

WEEE and the Retailer

The regulations provide for the costs of WEEE recycling to be displayed for all items, and these costs are known as Environmental Management Costs (EMCs).

All retailers of WEEE must ensure that the EMCs are clearly displayed, separate to the retail price of the product. A list of current EMCs can be found on the WEEE Register Society website, details of which are provided below in the ‘Links’ section.

Retailers are also obliged to take back household WEEE from customers on a one-for-one basis with the sale of a new like product (e.g. fridge for fridge). The WEEE should be returned to the approved collection facility for recycling, ensuring that all WEEE is clean on delivery. In Louth, WEEE can be delivered to V&W Recycling on the Newry Road in Dundalk (Ph: 042-9329200), or at Mell, Drogheda (Ph: 041-9803900).

Retailer Registration

Retailers must continue to register their premises. This can be done free-of-charge on a once-off basis with ERP (European Recycling Platform) Ireland or WEEE Ireland, depending on where the premises is located (all premises in Louth should register with ERP www.erp-recycling.ie). Retailers also have the option of annual registration with their Local Authority for a fee of €200 per annum. A certificate of Retailer Registration must be displayed by all retailers.


Further information on the new regulation for WEEE Producers and Retailers can be found on the WEEE and the Retailer document.


Queries

Environmental Compliance Section
Louth County Council
Town Hall
Crowe Street
Dundalk, Co. Louth

Tel: (042) 939 2984
Email: weee@louthcoco.ie


Legislation

The European Union (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No 149 of 2014)

European Union (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 283 of 2014)

European Communities (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations, 2011

WEEE and the Consumer

WEEE and the Retailer


Links

ERP - WEEE Regulations Guidance Notes for Producers and Distributors (May 2014)

WEEE and Battery Retail information Sheet (2014)

www.environ.ie - Department of the Environment

www.epa.ie - Environmental Protection Agency

www.weeeregister.ie


Application Forms

WEEE & Batteries Registration/Re-Registration Form