In the last decade in Europe the growth of WEEE was about three times higher than the average municipal waste stream.
Prior to the introduction of the WEEE Regulations 2005 much of the WEEE in Ireland was disposed of in the municipal waste stream directly to landfill. This is not an ideal solution as WEEE can contain harmful substances that could cause problems to human health and the environment if not treated properly on disposal. In addition production of EEE involves non renewable energy and raw material resources which cannot be recovered if WEEE is disposed of indiscriminately.
The WEEE Directive aims to reduce quantities of WEEE disposed of to landfill and reduce the harmful effects caused by WEEE on health and the environment whilst conserving natural resources.
Meanwhile, the Battery Directive aims to minimise the negative impacts of batteries and accumulators on the environment and also harmonise requirements for the smooth functioning of the internal market. To achieve these objectives, the Directive introduces measures to prohibit the marketing of some batteries containing hazardous substances. It contains measures for establishing schemes aiming at high level of collection and recycling of batteries with quantified collection and recycling targets. The Directive also sets out minimum rules for producer responsibility and provisions with regard to labelling of batteries and their removability from equipment. Visit www.recyclefree.ie to learn more.
Take Back of Old Items
Large Appliances purchased Online for delivery.
On delivery of all large appliances we'll collect your old appliance for free on like for like items. ie if you order a washing machine, we'll take away your old one for free. Please ensure your old appliance is disconnected and ready for removal.
Large and Small Appliances purchased Online for collection.
When collecting your new appliance from your chosen collection point you may bring back your old appliance for free recycling on like for like items. ie if you order a washing machine you may bring back your old washing machine to your chosen collection point.
Small Appliances purchased Online for delivery
As your small appliance will be delivered to you by An Post, we can arrange to recycle your old small appliance free of charge. You may take your old appliance back to any of our stores nationwide or email us to arrange a collection or bring back to your local Civic Amenity Centre. The WEEE Ireland map gives details of Civic Amenity centres nationwide with WEEE collection facilities.
Take Back of Batteries
We will take back batteries and accumulators of equivalent type available to purchase from our stores. There is no requirement for a purchase to be made. We may limit any one consumer to 5kgs of battery returns at any one time and may refuse to accept any waste portable battery leaking any of its constituent materials.
for further information on WEEE please visit www.weeeireland.ie