European Union Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 283 of 2014), as amended, came into effect on 30th of July 2014.
They follow on from the Waste Management Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2008 and impose obligations on people who produce and distribute batteries and accumulators.
If not disposed of properly and sent to a normal landfill, batteries can release dangerous heavy metals into the environment such as cadmium, nickel and lead. For this reason they must be recycled correctly to avoid this happening.
All battery/accumulator retailers need to ensure that they are registered annually with their Local Authority, or with WEEE Ireland/ERP (approved registration bodies).
Click here to download Local Authority Registration Form
An information note for Retailers is provided on the Department of the Environment's website.
Members of the public can deposit their waste batteries at collection points on the premises of all battery retailers once the waste batteries are equivalent to the type which is sold on the premises. Waste batteries and accumulators can also be brought to the Kinsale Road Civic Amenity site. Waste batteries and accumulators should never be disposed of in household bins.
For further details, or if you have any queries on the regulations, contact 021-4924000.
Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment - Batteries
Environmental Protection Agency
Please Note: This page is a guide only. It does not intend to provide, and should not be relied upon as, a legal interpretation of the regulations. Cork City Council advises you to read the Regulations in full.