in Europe. Significant amounts of WEEE have been consigned to landfill, taking
up space and leaving behind environmentally damaging toxic substances. In
Ireland, we have had a particular problem with fridges and cookers and other
appliances being dumped on mountainsides and country lanes.
introduced the WEEE Directive. The Directive requires that all producers of
electrical and electronic equipment finance the recovery and recycling of waste
electrical and electronic household equipment.
waste. Waste electrical and electronic equipment contains hazardous materials
which pose a threat to our environmental and human health. Such waste must be
properly sorted, de-contaminated and disassembled.
not be placed in a household bin. The free collection and recycling of old
appliances is designed to make sure this hazardous waste is sent for re-use or
recycling. Even small appliances such as hairdryers and portable music players
should not be put in the bin but brought for recycling.
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
basis. There is a container for small batteries in your local store. Local
authority civic amenity facilities also take back WEEE & waste batteries
free of charge. WEEE & waste battery recycling is free.
electrical goods and electronic equipment from customers free of charge.
being returned must be of a similar type or have performed the same function as
the new item purchased. For example, retailers are not obliged to accept a
fridge where the consumer has purchased a toaster.
back the old product in-store either at the time of sale or within a maximum of
15 days of the date of sale, provided the consumer can provide proof of
example a new washing machine, cooker etc., the seller of the product must take
back the old appliance. You may contact customer services at
take of WEEE products.
delivery, provided the old product has been cleaned and disconnected from any
utilities and is ready for immediate collection, or
date of delivery. Retailers must give 24 hours notice of a delivery or else
return within 15 days to collect the old appliance.
charge at its civic amenity facilities from members of the public.