EU Directive 2002/96/EC obliges any Producer selling electric or electronic equipment in Ireland, to take responsibility for the treatment and recycling of waste electrical and electronic appliances.
What is a Producer?
'Producer' means any person who, irrespective of the selling technique used, including by means of distance communication:
- manufactures and sells electrical and electronic equipment under his or her own brand
- resells electrical and electronic equipment produced by other suppliers under his or her own brand
- imports electrical and electronic equipment on a professional basis into the State
- exports electrical and electronic equipment on a professional basis from the State to another Member State of the European Union, or
- distributes electrical and electronic equipment from a producer who is deemed not to be registered under the provisions of article 12(2).
- places batteries or accumulators, including those incorporated into appliances or vehicles, on the Irish market Producers of Portable and Automotive batteries can also join for compliance services.
In addition, EU Directive 2006/66/EC defines a producer as any person who, irrespective of the selling technique used, including by means of distance communication:
Producers are responsible for financing the take-back of WEEE and/or batteries or accumulators and have responsibilities regarding collection, recycling and treatment targets, the preparation of a Waste Management Plan and reporting to the EPA.
Producers must register with the National Registration Body; The WEEE Register Society and report to the Black Box the amount in units and weights (kg) of EEE and/or batteries or accumulators placed onto the Irish market on a monthly basis.
Producers must also inform customers of the return and collection systems available to them when supplying a new product (can be an instruction manual or leaflet issued at the point of sale).
B2C Producers - Business to Consumer
Producers of household consumer EEE and/or batteries or accumulators can join WEEE Ireland to meet the obligations detailed above. Producers participating in a compliance scheme are exempt from certain requirements of the legislation. WEEE Ireland is a not for profit compliance scheme working on behalf of Producers to meet the recycling targets for household WEEE in Ireland. WEEE Ireland invoices Producer members on a monthly basis for environmental management costs due on the EEE and/or batteries or accumulators sold into the Irish market during the previous month. These EMC's fund the recycling of WEEE and/or batteries or accumulators collected from designated civic amenity and retailer sites nationwide. WEEE Ireland reports directly to the Department of the Environment and the EPA on behalf of members. You can register online for a membership application pack by following the link to Join WEEE Ireland.
WEEE Ireland focuses on B2C compliance and does not currently offer compliance for B2B Producers of WEEE.
Producers of Portable and Automotive batteries can also join for compliance services.
WEEE Ireland has developed a Code of Good Practice for Producers of household consumer EEE and batteries. Please see the Retailer Section for information on Best Practice for in store notices shelf display etc.