The amount of household electrical and electronic waste thrown away each year in Ireland is growing at an alarming rate. These items are referred to as Electrical and Electronic Equipment ("EEE"). Some EEE equipment contain hazardous substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium.
These types of substances are harmful to the environment as they accumulate through the food chain and may cause serious health effects in humans.
Ireland has implemented the following European Community legislation, the main purpose of which is the prevention and minimisation of Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("WEEE"):
The Regulations also seek to improve the environmental performance of producers, distributors and consumers involved in the life cycle of EEE. As a result, the Regulations are now in force in Ireland.
In Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Sustainability is responsible for the enforcement and implementation of the Regulations.
Under the Regulations, all retailers of EEE and automotive and/or industrial batteries need to have a system established for the collection, reuse and recycling of WEEE from private householders in order to minimise the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites. Euro Car Parts are obliged under these regulations to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when customers buy from Euro Car Parts a new Electrical or Electronic product.
For example, if you buy a new EEE item from us we would accept your old WEEE item and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. We will not, however, be obliged to take back leaking batteries.
Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below:
Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13 August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.
Our obligations to take back WEEE only apply to household users of electrical items. If you are a non-domestic user of electrical equipment you will need to find a local collector or waste company to dispose of your waste.
Further information on the environmental impact of WEEE and the WEEE Regulations can be found on the following website: Environmental Protection Agency – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment