Producer and Importer Obligations
What is a producer?
Obligations under the battery regulations are not defined as B2B or B2C, but broken down into three types; portable, automotive and industrial. If a producer or importer places equipment incorporating batteries onto the Irish market, it will have producer obligations in accordance with the battery regulations.
Battery Producer Obligations
Producers of batteries have the following obligations under the Waste Battery Directive:
- Register and renew registration with the Producer Register Limited
- Declare the quantities of batteries placed on the market through the Producer Register Limited (WEEE Blackbox)
- Finance the takeback and waste management of battery waste arising from batteries placed on the market. This can be managed by either becoming a member of a compliance scheme, or by self-compliance. Producers who join a compliance scheme are exempt from reporting to the EPA and from meeting recovery and recycling targets
- Ensure that your batteries are compliant with regard to amounts of hazardous substances (Cadmium, lead etc.) they contain and are labelled and marked correctly
- Marketing requirements – changes on labelling must signify contents and recycling labelling
- Display the following sign at all retail stores, retailing batteries (including batteries incorporated into EEE) in a conspicuous position within 1 m of the point of sale (till) or where batteries are displayed.