European Union (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2014 in Ireland promote the recovery of waste batteries, imposing obligations and declaration responsibilities on all producers and importers of batteries.
The Regulations cover 3 types of batteries:
- Portable batteries - used in household appliances, toys, mobile phones, remote controls, etc. including button cells used in cameras, watches, etc.
- Industrial batteries - used in forklift trucks, other electric vehicles and golf buggies
- Automotive batteries - ignition/starter batteries in cars, vans, trucks and boats
Businesses that manufacture, produce, import and sell batteries are considered battery producers and have certain obligations, including but not limited to:
- Registering with the Producer Register
- Declaring the quantities of EEE that are placed on the market to the WEEE Blackbox
- Join one of the compliance schemes - WEEE Ireland or ERP, although self-compliance is also possible
- Displaying the crossed-out wheeled bin and chemical symbols on the batteries
If your business imports/sells products that contain batteries, it is considered a Battery Producer. Retailers who sell batteries must provide free take-back of batteries to consumers.
The competent agency in Ireland is the Environmental Protection Agency, and detailed information about the WEEE Regulations can be found on their web-site.
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