Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Infrastructure & Climate Change Department,
County Hall, Marine Road,
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Phone: 01 205 4700
What is WEEE?
Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is basically any type of appliance or device that requires either electrical or battery power in order to operate, and whose owner wishes to dispose of as waste. In addition to larger household items such as televisions, computers, cookers, fridges and washing machines, it also includes smaller personal items such as cameras, toys, watches, and mobile phones.
How To Dispose of WEEE Items
Members of the public may now dispose of all their household WEEE appliances free of charge at the Council’s civic recycling facility at Ballyogan Recycling Park, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18.
WEEE Ireland in turn organise the transport and recycling of the items collected, financed by the payment of tariffs from the producers who originally put the WEEE into the market place.
How does WEEE return work for consumers?
All Retailers of Electrical & Electronic Equipment, including internet sellers, are now required by law to provide for take-back of WEEE articles from customers free of charge, subject to the conditions below:
Free take-back only applies when a new item has been purchased and on a one-for-one basis.
- A returned item must be of a similar type as the new item being bought; e.g. a retailer is not obliged to accept a television if a customer has only bought a toaster.
- With any household items that require delivery, retailers must collect the old appliance free of charge, and give at least 24 hours notice of delivery. Items such as fridges must be properly de-frosted and disconnected by the customer before collection.
Retailers & WEEE
Retailers of Electrical & Electronic Equipment are legally required under the WEEE Regulations to either register their retail premises through an approved body such as WEEE Ireland Ltd. free of charge, or else register with their respective local authority on an annual basis.
Retailers who opt to register their premises with DLR County Council must complete the WEEE & Batteries Retailer Registration Form in the related documents section on this page and return it to the Infrastructure & Climate Change Dept., together with the prescribed fee of €200 per application.
All retailers selling Electrical & Electronic Equipment to the public are also legally obliged to comply with various other requirements under the WEEE Regulations, including measures relating to the:
- Display of statutory WEEE signage in store, that must be displayed at each point of sale;
- Provision of information explaining WEEE take-back procedures and deadlines to the public;
- Provision of a suitable storage area for any returned WEEE items.