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WEEE and Battery regulations can be complex. Created by producers for producers, over 42,000 customers across 63 countries trust The European Recycling Platform, (ERP) to manage their compliance obligations. We provide our members with high-quality compliance and help large, medium and small businesses navigate the complexities of compliance for electrical and electronic equipment and batteries.
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What is a distributor / retailer?
A ‘distributor’ is any person that provides electrical equipment, electronic equipment, batteries and/or accumulators on a professional basis to an end-user. However, for the purpose of this page, a distributor is referred to as a retailer.
Retailer WEEE Obligations
- Any retailer that takes back WEEE must be registered with their local authority at a cost of €200 or with the Compliance Scheme (free of charge) responsible for their area. Find out more
- All retail premises from which EEE is distributed or used for the storage of EEE prior to its distribution must be registered, as above
- A new requirement is that retailers with an electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) sales area greater than 400m2 must take back small WEEE (less than 25CM) without any obligation on consumers to purchase a new item
- All retailers of EEE must take back WEEE from private households free of charge and on a one for one basis in-store and on delivery of new appliances. There is no time limit on take back in store
- Retailers may no longer bring WEEE to Local Authority/Civic Amenity Sites. It is mandatory for retailers to hand over all WEEE to the compliance scheme that operates in their area
- They must ensure that the storage and transport of WEEE collected meets the requirements of the Regulations and terms and conditions of the compliance schemes collecting the WEEE
- They must ensure that private householders are informed of the WEEE takeback facilities available to them and that they are encouraged to participate in the separate collection of WEEE
- They must not sell electrical and electronic products from a ‘producer’ who is not in possession of a valid Certificate of Registration or a valid Certificate of Renewal of Registration from the Producer Register Limited
- They must display the following sign at all retail stores, retailing EEE and batteries (including batteries incorporated into EEE) in a conspicuous position within 1 m of the point of sale of EEE (till) or where EEE or batteries are displayed
Retailer and Distributor Battery Obligations
What is a Distributor / Retailer?
A ‘distributor’ is any person that provides electrical equipment, electronic equipment, batteries and/or accumulators on a professional basis to an end-user. However, for the purpose of this page a distributor is referred to as a retailer.
Battery Retailer Registration
- Registration is not required if the retailer only sells portable batteries (AA, AAA, Cell C, Cell D etc.) and no EEE.
- Registration with either the local authority or approved compliance scheme for EEE also covers batteries provided that this information was made available to the compliance scheme during the registration process.
- Retailers of automotive and/or industrial batteries, who do not see EEE, must register with either of the approved compliance schemes (once off, free of charge) or with their appropriate local authority annually, for a fee of €200 per annum. For more info on retailer registration click here
Retailer Waste Battery Obligations
- Retail outlets that sell batteries are required to take waste batteries similar in type to those they supply, even where the person depositing the waste batteries does not purchase a new battery.
- This service must be free of charge to the consumer
- They must provide conveniently located, appropriate facilities for the collection of waste batteries
- They must not sell batteries from a ‘producer’ who is not in possession of a valid Certificate of Registration or a valid Certificate of Renewal of Registration from the Producer Register Limited
Battery Collection Risk Assessment
Please consider any risks associated with the storage at, and collection of batteries from your premises. Please use the ERP Ireland Battery Box Risk Assessment Form to help you carry out your own risk assessment.
DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Your use of the ERP battery collection and recycling service is on a voluntary basis, and is at your sole discretion and risk. It is your responsibility to ensure that you carry out suitable risk assessments and have adequate insurance in place to provide cover for any risks which are relevant to battery collection and storage at your premises.
You must take all reasonable precautions in relation to the collection and storage of batteries, and ensure that you comply with any relevant instructions provided by ERP. You agree that you will be responsible for any losses, liabilities, claims, demands, damages, fines and/or expenses which you or a third party may suffer as a result of any failure by you to follow any instructions or otherwise in connection with the ERP battery collection and recycling service.
To the extent permitted by applicable law we hereby exclude liability for loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with your use of the ERP battery collection and recycling service, including in each case for any (i) direct loss or damage; (ii) indirect or consequential loss or damage; (iii) loss of income or revenue; (iv) loss of business; (v) loss of profits or contracts; (vi) loss of anticipated savings; (vii) loss or corruption of data; and/or (viii) loss of goodwill.
Nothing in this disclaimer shall limit or exclude ERP liability for any liability that cannot be excluded or limited by applicable law.
Batteries for Barretstown
ERP created a programme, ‘Batteries for Barretstown’ to educate Ireland on the importance of battery recycling, increase the number of batteries recycled in Ireland through ERP collection points. Since its launch, the education initiative has generated sustained media coverage across national, regional and online media; increased battery recycling numbers by engaging Irish consumers and stakeholders across the country, driving behavioural change and raising much-needed funds for Barretstown.
‘Batteries for Barretstown’ is running in the following counties (Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Dublin Fingal, Limerick, Cavan, Clare, and Kerry). The campaign has won the hearts and minds of those involved and was announced as winner of the ‘Excellence in CSR Communication’ at the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2019 and was shortlisted for a Green Award and for a Pakman Award.