WEEE Directive, Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulation 2005 & 2008 plus Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2008.
What are contributions to a Producer Recycling Fund?
Producer Recycling Fund (PRF) contributions have been introduced in Ireland under the 2002 EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The WEEE Regulations came into force in Ireland on August 13th 2005. The prices of some electrical items therefore include a contribution to a PRF to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected and recycled in a responsible manner. PRF contributions have been setup and agreed according to specific product types and these costs are the same regardless of what brand or from what outlet an item is purchased.
What is “Free product takeback”?
Consumers can recycle their old waste electrical and electronic equipment in the following ways, either through their retailer or at their local civic amenity site. When you purchase electrical goods and electronic equipment from us we can take back the items that you are replacing. Take back is on a one-for- one basis only, the appliance being returned must be of a similar type or have performed the same function as the new item purchased. For example, we will not accept a fridge where you have purchased a toaster. The old product must be ready for collection, cleaned and disconnected from any utilities. Unlike WEEE, there is no requirement to purchase batteries when returning waste batteries for recycling.
How do I organise free takeback of my item?
We can collect WEEE items within 15 days of delivery of your new product, simply call us on 1800.283082. Alternatively you can take the item to our premises at Cape House, Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. within a maximum of 30 days from the date of delivery. You can also take the item to your local civic amenity. Waste batteries can also be recycled free of charge, we will take back waste batteries free of charge provided any waste batteries returned to us are of equivalent type sold by us. There is a bin for small batteries in your local store and at our premises at Cape House.
How do I recycle my item at a local civic amenity?
Each local civic amenity must accept household WEEE and waste batteries free of charge from members of the public. Please contact your local authority for details of your local civic amenity. Local Authorities cannot charge gate fees for WEEE or waste batteries.
How do I find out more about PRF Contributions?
For further information on any aspect of the WEEE Directive, please visit www.weeeregister.ie
Waste batteries must never be placed in your waste disposal or recycling bins. There is a bin for small batteries in your local store and at our premises at Cape House. Battery recycling is free of charge.