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WEEE Regulations

The European Communities (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 149 of 2014) came into effect on 29th March 2014 and replaced all previous WEEE Regulations.

The purpose of the Regulations is to contribute to sustainable production and consumption by the prevention of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and, in addition, by the re-use, recycling and other forms of recovery of such wastes so as to reduce the disposal of waste. They also seek to improve the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of EEE. The Regulations also aim to facilitate, in particular, the achievement of the targets for the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment in an environmentally sound manner (established by Directive 2012/19/EU on WEEE).

 There are ten categories of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) in scope of the WEEE Regulations:

  1. Large household appliances,
  2. Small household appliances,
  3. IT and telecommunications equipment,
  4. Consumer equipment,
  5. Lighting equipment,
  6. Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools),
  7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment,
  8. Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products),
  9. Monitoring and control instruments,
  10. Automatic dispensers.

The Regulations impose obligations on persons who supply EEE to the Irish market, whether as retailers, importers or manufacturers, including those supplying EEE by means of distance communication (e.g. web-sites, catalogues, telesales).

Monitoring and inspection of the import/export of used EEE and WEEE is carried out by the National Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Office (NTFSO). The NTFSO ensures that shipment of WEEE is carried out in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1013/2006 on Shipments of Waste (the TFS Regulation). Minimum requirements for shipments of used EEE suspected to be WEEE are set out in Schedule 11 of the WEEE Regulations (S.I. No. 149 of 2014).

Producer Obligations

Do you Manufacture, Import or act as Authorised Representative for EEE or batteries being placed onto the Irish market?

If so you may need to register with Cork City Council or the Irish WEEE Register Society http://www.weeeregister.ie/

For general information on Irish WEEE and Battery Producer Responsibility in Ireland www.epa.ie

Obligations as a Producer of EEE and/or Waste Batteries include:

  • Registration with the National Registration Body, the WEEE Register Society and reporting to the WEEE Blackbox the amount in units and weights (kg) of EEE and/or batteries or accumulators (including incorporated) placed onto the Irish market on a monthly basis. Information on the Blackbox will be supplied by the WEEE Register Society upon registration with them.
  • Responsibilities for financing the take-back of WEEE and/or batteries or accumulators and regarding collection, recycling and treatment targets, the preparation of a Waste Management Plan and reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Ensuring EEE placed on the market is in compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Regulations, S.I. 513 of 2012 and batteries comply with the restrictions as per the Waste Battery Regulations S.I.283 of 2014.
  • Ensuring EEE and batteries meet the marking and consumer information requirements as per the Regulations.