Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations became effective in Ireland on 30 July 2014.
A battery or accumulator is any source of electrical energy generated by direct conversion of chemical energy and consisting of one or more primary battery cells (non-rechargeable) or consisting of one or more secondary battery cells (rechargeable).
Automotive or Industrial Batteries Producers of automotive and industrial batteries must register with Waste WEEE Register Society Limited and report to the WEEE Blackbox on a monthly basis the type, quantity and chemistry of batteries placed on the Irish market by the organisation. Producers must also become a member of a compliance scheme or self-comply with the Regulations and must ensure that batteries placed on the Irish market comply with the requirements of the specified hazardous substance and labelling requirements and are marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol
Batteries cannot be disposed of. They must undergo appropriate treatment after which the treated residues can be disposed of in landfill or by incineration.
Any person or organisation that manufactures, producers, imports and/or sells batteries in Ireland has certain obligations.
Retailers who sell batteries, as well as retailers selling EEE with a battery incorporated into or accompanying the product, are required by law to take back waste batteries from members of the public free of charge. Take-back is on a one-for-zero basis. Members of the public are not obliged to make a purchase in order to avail of the free take-back. Retails are only obliged to take back waste batteries of similar type to which they sell or similar type to those batteries incorporated into EEE or supplied with EEE sold.
Retailers are not required to take back leaking batteries.
In addition to producer obligations, if a person, company, or organisation sells directly to an end-user, they will also have obligations as a ‘distributor’ under the Batteries Regulations.
Instructions for disposal of batteries and accumulators.
Batteries and accumulators may not be disposed of in unsorted household refuse after use. Waste batteries may contain hazardous substances that can harm the environment and health. For details, please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Waste industrial or automotive batteries taken back at retailer premises should only be passed to a person or a company that is authorised to collect and mange this type of waste. These are as follows:
- A permitted collector acting on behalf of a compliance scheme (WEEE Ireland or ERP Ireland or one of their approved authorised collectors) or a self-complying producer; or
- A person or a company authorised for collection of industrial and/or automotive batteries.
Please return the batteries in the appropriate return systems.
In Ireland, the recycling of old batteries can be carried out by WEEE recycling centres, or wherever batteries of the type concerned are sold. In the European Union, the return is free of charge and is required by law.
Please take the old batteries out of old equipment before returning them. Please also discharge only discharged batteries and rechargeable batteries into the designated containers and glue the poles off for lithium batteries.
All old equipment should be recycled. This way valuable raw can be recovered.
Batteries and accumulators or electrical and electrical appliances must not be disposed of in household refuse.