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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations

Cork City Council wishes to advise all retailers who supply electrical and electronic equipment, that from 13 th August 2005, they are required under the WEEE Regulations to accept back WEEE from customers free of charge on a one for one basis.  

Examples of items that come under these regulations include: 

Large and small household appliances – (e.g. washing machine, toasters)

Computers, Mobile Phones

Lighting equipment – (e.g. lamps)

Electrical and electronic tools – (e.g. drills)

Toys, leisure and sports equipment – (e.g. Electric Train sets)

Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)- (e.g. electronic thermometers).


Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2008


New regulations have been passed to encourage greater recovery and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries). These regulations place a number of obligations on Retailers of portable (i.e. AA, AAA, Cell C, Cell D, PP3, PP9 etc.), automotive or industrial batteries. A Retailer who sells electrical and electronic equipment (e.g. computers, toys, watches etc.) with a battery incorporated in or accompanying the product is also a Battery Retailer under the scope of the regulations. 

The Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations (S.I. No 268 of 2008) as amended by the Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators)(Amendment) Regulations 2008 (SI No 556 of 2008) came into force on 26th September 2008.  It covers all types of batteries, rechargeable batteries, battery packs including batteries incorporated into electrical & electronic equipment.

The regulations provide for the free take back of all waste batteries and accumulators, otherwise known as rechargable batteries, in-store and at designated locations, from 26 September 2008. Since that date -

  • Members of the public will be entitled to deposit waste batteries at retail outlets.
  • Retailers will only be obligated to take back batteries of a type they supply, for instance, retailers will not have to take back a car battery if they only sell batteries suitable for a torch or remote control.
  • Members of the public will not be obliged to make a purchase when depositing waste batteries at a retail outlet.
  • Members of the public will also be able to deposit waste portable batteries and waste car batteries from privately registered vehicles at local authority civic amenity facilities free of charge.

In order to maximise the take back of waste batteries and ensure that Ireland achieves collection target set by the EU; the regulations also permit all workplaces and and workplaces and schools/colleges, subject to the agreement of management, to be designated as collection points.


Battery Boxes

In the case of Cork City Council, battery boxes are available from the Kinsale Road Landfill Site.


Registration requirements

• If you are already registered with Cork City Council under the WEEE Regulations, you are automatically included on the Batteries Retailer Register. There is no need to re-register with us for the Batteries Regulations.

• Retailers who do not sell electrical and electronic equipment, automotive and/or industrial batteries (e.g. the only type of batteries sold are portable batteries such as AAA, AA, Cell C, Cell D, PP3, PP9 etc.) are exempted from registration. However, you must still accept batteries free-of-charge.

• ensure that private households are informed of the waste battery take back facilities available to them and that they are encouraged to participate in the separate collection of waste batteries.

The first step in ensuring you are meeting your obligations, if you sell automotive or industrial batteries is to register with Cork City Council.

Retailers who do not sell electrical and electronic equipment, automotive and/or industrial batteries (e.g. the only type of batteries sold are portable such as AAA, AA, etc) are exempted from registration.

All retailers, regardless of whether they are obliged to register with a local authority or not, are required to take back Waste batteries from members of the public free of charge.

They can, however, only deposit batteries of a type, regardless of brand or where they brought them, sold by the retailer concerned. For example, you are not obligated to accept an automotive or industrial battery if the only type of batteries you sell is only portable ones (e.g. AAA, AA etc)   

Retailer Obligations

What are the Retailer obligations?

Retailer obligations include the following:

Provide free in-store take back for waste batteries which are equivalent to the type being sold (i.e. retailers will not have to take back a car battery if they only sell batteries suitable for a torch or remote controlTake back is on a one-for-zero basis. This means that members of the public are not obliged to make a purchase when depositing waste batteries at a retail outlet.

Ensure your premises is registered with Cork City Council. Retailers must ensure that waste portable batteries are brought to the nearest Civic Amenity site, subject to prior arrangements being made.


Application Forms

• Retailers of automotive and industrial batteries must register with Cork City Council Council. A nominal fee of €20 per premises applies. Retailers of automotive and industrial batteries click here for application form.

Application forms for registration with Cork City Council and further details are available below or by e-mail from Telephone 4924533 or 4924726. 

Completed application forms should be returned as soon as possible accompanied with the appropriate fee to: Staff Officer, Waste Management, Room 231, City Hall, Cork.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) registration form and information notice (PDF)(23KB)

WEEE Regulations

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:

  1. Large household appliances,
  2. Small household appliances,
  3. IT and telecommunications equipment,
  4. Consumer equipment,
  5. Lighting equipment,
  6. Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools),
  7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment,
  8. Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products),
  9. Monitoring and control instruments,
  10. Automatic dispensers.

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).

Producer Obligations

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

For general information on Irish WEEE and Battery Producer Responsibility in Ireland

Obligations as a Producer of EEE and/or Waste Batteries include:

  • Registration with the National Registration Body, the WEEE Register Society and reporting to the WEEE Blackbox the amount in units and weights (kg) of EEE and/or batteries or accumulators (including incorporated) placed onto the Irish market on a monthly basis. Information on the Blackbox will be supplied by the WEEE Register Society upon registration with them.
  • Responsibilities for financing the take-back of WEEE and/or batteries or accumulators and regarding collection, recycling and treatment targets, the preparation of a Waste Management Plan and reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Ensuring EEE placed on the market is in compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Regulations, S.I. 513 of 2012 and batteries comply with the restrictions as per the Waste Battery Regulations S.I.283 of 2014.
  • Ensuring EEE and batteries meet the marking and consumer information requirements as per the Regulations.