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EU Directive on Batteries
Regulatory Impact Assessment
Batteries Working Group
From 26 September 2008
- must take back waste batteries free of charge of the type that they sell – for instance, if you sell portable batteries such as types AAA, AA, Cell C, Cell D, PP3 etc. you will not be obliged to take back automotive, industrial or small sealed lead acid batteries for alarms.
- of automotive and industrial batteries must register with their local authority.
- may deposit waste portable batteries free of charge at local authority civic amenity facilities.
Importers of batteries must –
- finance the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries. This obligation may be undertaken individually or as part of a collective compliance scheme.
- Be registered with the WEEE Register (external link)
Two collective compliance schemes, ERP Ireland and WEEE Ireland have been approved.
- ERP Ireland, who will collect in the functional areas of Limerick City Council and Cavan, Clare, Fingal, Kerry, Limerick, Meath and Monaghan County Councils can be contacted at +353 (0)1 299 5642
- WEEE Ireland, who will collect in the functional areas of all the remaining local authorities can be contacted at +353 (0)1 299 9320.
Members of the public should not place waste batteries in waste disposal or recycling bins. All waste batteries must be collected & recycled by depositing them at retail outlets or local authority recycling facilities. More information regarding waste electrical and electronic equipment is available on the WEEE page of this website.
These are some of the requirements of the Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations (S.I. No 268 of 2008) (pdf 334kb) as amended by the Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators)(Amendment) Regulations 2008 (SI No 556 of 2008) (pdf, 103kb)
These regulations provide for the free take back of all waste batteries and accumulators, otherwise known as rechargable batteries, in-store and at designated locations, from 26 September 2008. Since that date -
- Members of the public will be entitled to deposit waste batteries at retail outlets.
- Retailers will only be obligated to take back batteries of a type they supply, for instance, retailers will not have to take back a car battery if they only sell batteries suitable for a torch or remote control.
- Members of the public will not be obliged to make a purchase when depositing waste batteries at a retail outlet.
- Members of the public will also be able to deposit waste portable batteries and waste car batteries from privately registered vehicles at local authority civic amenity facilities free of charge.
In order to maximise the take back of waste batteries and ensure that Ireland achieves collection target set by the EU; the regulations also permit all workplaces and schools/colleges, subject to the agreement of management, to be designated as collection points. Any businesses or school/college wishing to provide take tack facilities on their premises in the functional areas of -
- Limerick City Council, Cavan, Clare, Fingal, Kerry, Limerick, Louth, Meath, and Monaghan County Councils may contact the European Recycling Platform (ERP) Ireland at Unit 9D, Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 by Phone: +353 (0)1 299 5642 or E-mail: Ireland@erp-recycling.org
- all other local authorities may contact WEEE Ireland, Suite 18, The Mall, Beacon Court, Sandyford, Dublin 18 by Phone: +353 (0)1 299 9320 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Regulations were signed into law following a public consutation process and with the assistance of the Batteries Working Group, representing key stakeholders.
These Regulations transpose in full EU Directive 2006/66/EC on waste batteries.
Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators (external link) and repealing Directive 91/157/EEC, as amended by
European Parliament and Council Directive 2008/103/EC (external link) of 19 November 2008 amending Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators as regards placing batteries and accumulators on the market
A new Directive on the treatment of waste batteries was published in September 2006. Discussions are underway with interested parties with a view to developing transposing regulations. The Directive must be implemented in full by 26 September 2008. The objectives of the Directive are twofold:
- Environmental objective: creation of a closed-loop system for all batteries to avoid their incineration or disposal in a landfill.
- Internal market objective: establish minimum rules for the proper functioning of the national collection and recycling schemes.
Distributor / Retailer Obligations under the Directive
“Distributor" means any person that provides batteries and accumulators on a professional basis to an end-user. Their obligations will encompass:
- Retailers take back obligation at no cost to the end user and with no obligation to purchase.
- Receptacles for waste batteries will have to be located at a suitable location in the store (it will be the responsibility of self complying producers and compliance schemes to supply receptacles)
- Applies to Portable, Industrial and Automotive batteries
- Take back systems for household batteries may operate in conjunction with take back systems for household WEEE.
- Retailers will be prohibited from placing on the market, batteries supplied by an unregistered producer.
- Retailers who import batteries form outside the state have producer responsibilities.
Producer Obligations under the Directive
"Producer" means any person in a Member State that, irrespective of the selling technique used, including by means of distance communication, places batteries or accumulators, including those incorporated into appliances or vehicles, on the market for the first time within the territory of that Member State on a professional basis. These obligations include:
- By 26 September 2008, electrical and electronic equipment design must enable removal of incorporated batteries and accumulators.
- By 26 September 2009, producers to provide for treatment and recycling using best available techniques (BAT).
- Batteries and accumulators collected with waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) must be removed.
- Specified recycling efficiencies to be achieved by 26 September 2011.
- By 26 September 2008, producer obligation to finance the collection, treatment and recycling of all waste batteries and accumulators and net costs associated with public information campaigns applies irrespective of when placed on the market.
- Producers will have to be registered.
- Producers must ensure that batteries placed on the market from 26 September 2008 onwards
- must comply with the directive including
- batteries must display visibly, legibly and indeliby; wheelie bin and chemical symbols
- batteries must not contain excess quantities of mercury and cadmium
- that do not comply with the Directive must be withdrawn
A public consultation process, co-ordinated by the Batteries Working Group, a sub-committee of the WEEE Monitoring Group, received 25 submissions and which guided the Department in finalising the Regulations. You can read a summery of the submissions below.
A screening Regulatory Impact Assessment was undertaken by this Department. The RIA is available below
The Group is representative of all the key stakeholders and played a pivotal role in assisting this Department in the development of Regulations and collection and monitoring systems which will effectively transpose the Directive.
The members of the Batteries Working Group are
Ronan Mulhall (Chairperson)- Department of the Environment, Community, and Local Government
Doreen Kirwan (Secretary)- Department of the Environment, Community, and Local Government
Thomas Barillot- ICT Ireland
Donal Buckley / Robert O’Shea- IBEC
Gerry Byrne -Environmental Protection Agency
Darren Byrne - Department of the Environment, Community, and Local Government
Torlach Denihan -Retail Ireland
Brendan Keane - Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA)
Noel McStay -CEDA
Sean Murray -City and County Managers Association (CCMA)
Sean O’Suilleabhain -Department of the Environment, Community, and Local Government
Don O'Sullivan -Battery Producers
Philip O’Neill -Local Authorities
Paul Redmond -Society of the Irish Motor Industry
The Secretary of the Batteries Working Group can be contacted by email at email@example.com
Or by post to
Secretary – WEEE Monitoring Group,
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government,
Waste Prevention and Recovery Section,
Room 1.33, Custom House,
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 2789
Fax: +353 (0)1 888 2994
- Waste Batteries and the Retailer (pdf, 239 kb)
- Point of Sale Signage for Retailers of Batteries (pdf, 11 kb)
- Alternative Point of Sale Signage for Retailers of Batteries and Electrical Goods (pdf, 13 kb)
- Questions and Answers on the Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC) (pdf, 157 kb)
- more publications
- 21/03/12: Hogan marks the achievement of initial Batteries target of 25% and calls on public to continue recycling their old batteries
- Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations (S.I. No 268 of 2008) (pdf, 334 kb)
- Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators)(Amendment) Regulations 2008 (SI No 556 of 2008) (pdf, 103 kb)
- Screening Regulatory Impact Assessment on Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations (S.I. No 268 of 2008) (pdf, 233 kb)
- Explanatory Notes to Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations (S.I. No 268 of 2008) (pdf, 409 kb)
- Summary of submissions received regarding Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations (S.I. No 268 of 2008) (pdf, 277 kb)
- more legislation