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A battery (or accumulator) is defined in the Battery and Accumulator Regulations as: 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).
There are 3 types of batteries that are covered under these Regulations:
A battery scoping decision tree can be found in the Guidance and Downloads section.
Any person or organisation that manufacturers, produces, imports and/or sells batteries in Ireland has certain obligations to meet, as set out in the regulations. Further information on producer and retailer/distributor obligations can be found by following the appropriate links above. Producers opting to self comply with the Battery Regulations are required to submit annual reports and three yearly plans to the EPA. Templates for plans and reports can be downloaded from the Guidance and Downloads section.
End users of batteries can dispose of their spent batteries in the following ways:
Waste batteries must be separately collected for recycling and recovery of resources and the producer is responsible for arranging and financing this. They must not be disposed of in general refuse or mixed waste streams and free take-back must be provided to all end-users. This applies to both household and non-household end-users. A system for the free-take back of waste batteries from the household waste stream is well established through retail outlets and civic amenity sites.
Remember: waste batteries should never be placed in your household bin!
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