WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
From 13th August 2005, all retailers of electrical goods must comply with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation. This is a scheme to prevent all such waste being disposed of in general landfill sites and to promote recycling of components and materials. The legislation aims to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic equipment on the environment by creating products with recycling in mind and encouraging reuse, recycling, and recovery of WEEE.
The definition of a WEEE product is equipment which is dependent on electrical currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields with a voltage rating not exceeding 1,000 volt for alternating current and 1,500 volt for direct current. (S.I. No. 355 of 2011)
A producer recycling fund contribution has been applied to the retail price of new electrical and electronic goods. The prices of these items include contributions to a producer recycling fund to ensure that WEEE is collected and recycled in a responsible manner. Producer recycling fund contributions have been set and agreed by the WEEE Register, an independent regulation body authorised by the Minster for the Environment, according to specific product types and these costs are the same regardless of what brand or from what outlet in the Republic of Ireland an item is purchased.
WEEE and waste batteries must never be placed in your waste disposal or recycling bins. WEEE is taken back free of charge at electrical retail outlets on a one-for one like-for-like basis. There is a bin for small batteries in your local homestore + more store (See store locator for details). Local authority civic amenity facilities also take back WEEE and waste batteries free of charge. WEEE and waste battery recycling is free.
As your electrical appliance will be delivered to you by An Post, we can arrange to recycle your old electrical appliance free of charge. You may take your old appliance back to any of our stores nationwide or email us to arrange a collection or bring back to your local Civic Amenity Centre. The WEEE Ireland map gives details of Civic Amenity centres nationwide with WEEE collection facilities.