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Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
The Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Regulations require producers and retailers of WEEE to be responsible for the financing of the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE.

It means that consumers of household WEEE are entitled to return the WEEE back Free of Charge, either to retail outlets (under certain conditions) or other authorised facilities, including recycling centres.

Recycling Electrical and Electronic Equipment reduces the impact on natural resources as batteries contain components that can be used again if recovered properly.
Recycling benefits the environment, society, and the economy.

WEEE Recycling Points
All unwanted household electrical items, including batteries and lighting fixtures can brought to your nearest recycling centre for free.
If you are buying any new electrical item in your home, don't forget that you can return your unwanted/old electronic item to the same retailer for FREE.
WEEE IRELAND promote public collection events of WEEE and waste batteries annually.
Any household item with a plug or battery will be accepted at these collection events - from large items such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers, to small electrical items such as remote controls.
All waste batteries will be accepted free of charge in shops, just look out for the blue battery boxes in store.

WEEE Regulations available at:

Examples of items that come under the WEEE regulations include anything with a Plug or a Battery e.g.:

  • Large and small household appliances – (e.g. washing machines, toasters)
  • Computers, Mobile Phones
  • Lighting equipment – (e.g. lamps)
  • Electrical and electronic tools – (e.g. drills)
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment – (e.g. Electric Train sets)
  • Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)- (e.g. electronic thermometers)
  • Batteries

Each Retailer must:

  • Register with WEEE Ireland or with their local authority.

To register with WEEE Ireland is FREE and once-off registration. To Register with WEEE Ireland please click this link:

To register with Tipperary County Council, there is an annual fee of €200 per premises.


  • Provide free in-store take back of household WEEE
  • Ensure that any WEEE collected is delivered to an approved collection facility. Retailers are NO Longer permitted to transport or dispose of their WEEE at Civic Amenity Sites. They Must now organise a collection service from an Authorised WEEE collector. Advice can be obtained from WEEE Ireland can be contacted on 01-2999320
  • Ensure that private households are informed of the WEEE take back facilities available to them and that they are encouraged to participate in the separate collection of WEEE.
  • Statutory notices must be displayed Legal Notices are provided as a download from this site or from see sample notices below:

    Statutory Display Notice for Retailers of WEEE only (i.e. non batteries)

    Statutory Display Notice for Retailers of WEEE and Batteries

  • If you have any queries or you require further information please contact:

    Customer Services Desk,
    Tipperary County Council,
    Civic Offices, Nenagh or Civic Offices Emmet Street Clonmel,
    Co. Tipperary
    Tel: 0818 06 5000

Related Publications

Management of Waste Electrical Items (WEEE) (8) SI 149 of 2014 WEEE Regs

Related Forms

Management of Waste Electrical Items (WEEE) (9) WEEE Retailer-Distributor Registration Form

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Waste Services

Related FAQs

What is WEEE?

Anything that has a plug or a battery and is at the end of its useful life.
In the house, old and broken fridges, washing machines, etc. are examples but don't forget the little guys! Remote controls, batteries, electric toothbrushes and even your old bicycle lamps can also be recycled!

Why do we have the WEEE Regulations?

The Regulations are in place to improve the way electrical and electronic waste is managed.

In terms of Waste recycling what are the obligations for the retailer of electrical products?

•Retailers are obliged to accept a similar waste appliance or product when a customer is buying a new product.
•Retailers must be registered as a supplier/producer on an annual basis.
•Provision of in-store receipt of household WEEE on a one for one basis on the sale of a new product similar to the one returned. This service is to be provided for free.
•Ensure that any WEEE collected is delivered to an approved recycling facility.
•Ensure that the storage and transport of WEEE collected meets the requirements of the regulations.
•Ensure that private households are informed of the WEEE take back facilities available to them and that they are encouraged to participate in the separate collection of WEEE.

In terms of the recycling of electrical products what advice is there for the Retailer?

•Accept a “like for like” waste electrical appliance from the customer free of charge
•Arrange a suitable, secure space to store WEEE prior to collection by an authorised Waste Collector. If you do not have enough storage spaces try to arrange a more frequent collection or delivery.
•Ensure that all staff are trained and thoroughly familiar with the procedures for complying with the Regulations.
•If your volumes of WEEE are too small to justify a collection, consider combining your waste with another commercial or industrial outlet.
•As a commercial enterprise once you are registered under the WEEE Regulations you are entitled to bring the WEEE to a local authority Civic Amenity Site / Recycling Centre. Be advised it is important to inform the site prior to transport to ensure the site can facilitate you.

Is it true that when I buy a new TV, the shop has to take back my old one free of charge?

Yes, but this is not just for TVs, it works for any electrical product from stereos to computers. But be warned, it is done on a 'like for like basis' so don't expect the shop to recycle your old fridge when you're only buying an electric toothbrush! Instead, bring this fridge to your local recycling centre.
Remember the 15 day rule! You have 15 days to bring back your WEEE to the shop after buying a new item. Bring your receipt as proof of purchase.

Is there anything I have to do to prepare my electrical items(WEEE) for recycling?

Yes, in the case of fridges or freezers you must take out all the food and have them defrosted so that they don't make a mess and attract unwanted rodents during transport and recycling. With computers and other communication devices, don't forget to securely wipe the drives before recycling. With everything else, just make sure they are removed from their packaging, are as clean as possible and don't pose a health and safety risk to our friends at the recycling centres.

What about people who won't recycle their WEEE because they've heard it can be expensive and don't have much free time?

Recycling WEEE is Free. What's more, it's very easy to do! All you need to do is remember to return your old items when buying new ones or hold on to them until there's a lot to be recycled and then take a short trip to your local recycling centre where you can recycle the goods free of charge. Also keep an eye out for WEEE Irelands special recycling events in your area. Each one of us has a part to play in making sure our planet doesn't get destroyed unnecessarily so always remember to recycle WEEE and remind others to do it too!

Where can I recycle my electrical items (WEEE) in Tipperary?

•Carrigeen Recycling Centre, Clonmel,
•Waller's-Lot Recycling Centre, Cashel
•Donohill Recycling Centre near Tipperary Town.
•Nenagh Civic Amenity Site
•Roscrea Civic Amenity Site

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