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:
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).
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: