EPA Prosecutes Advanced Bar and Catering Services Ltd under the WEEE Regulations

Date released: Jul 23 2009

On 20 July 2009 Advanced Bar and Catering Services Ltd., A4 Calmount Road, Ballymount, Dublin 12, pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in relation to seven offences under the Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) (WEEE) Regulations 2005, as amended.

At Dublin Metropolitan District Court Judge Victor Blake heard the case and the company admitted breaching the Regulations by:

  • Placing electrical and electronic equipment on the market at a time when the company was not registered as a producer of such equipment.
  • Failing to apply to the producer registration body for registration or renewal of registration.
  • Failing to declare the quantities, by weight or number of units, of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market.

Fines totalling €3,500 were imposed in relation to the seven charges and costs totalling €4,500 were awarded to the EPA.

Commenting on the prosecution Dr Gerry Byrne, Programme Manager, EPA said,

“While the EPA has previously taken two successful prosecutions of companies for failing to comply with their producer obligations under the WEEE Regulations, this is the first such prosecution of a company in the catering equipment sector. This should send out a clear message to other companies with producer obligations that failure to meet their obligations will not be tolerated.”

Dr Byrne further commented

“Given the current economic challenges facing business, it is more important than ever that compliant companies are not put at a competitive disadvantage by others who flout the law.”

Notes for Editors: 

WEEE


Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment is made up of many different materials and components, some of which are hazardous. The Regulations aim to prevent the generation of electrical and electronic waste and to promote reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery. Failure to comply with the requirements of the Regulations has the potential to reduce the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment that can be collected and diverted from landfill.

WEEE Enforcement: The EPA’s Resource Use Unit is the lead enforcer of the WEEE Regulations. Since August 2005, extensive correspondence has been initiated alerting retailers and producers of EEE to their obligations. Most companies have complied with the Regulations. While the EPA is hopeful that those contacted will work towards compliance without recourse to legal action, five successful prosecutions have now been taken under the WEEE Regulations, and instructions have been given for legal action to be instigated in further cases.

Local authorities also have a role in enforcing many of the articles in the Regulations for example ensuring that free one-for-one take-back is available, registration of all retailers and providing civic amenity sites for WEEE. The EPA and local authorities exchange information and enforcement support through a WEEE Working Group and the Office of Environmental Enforcement’s Environmental Enforcement Network.

Electronically collated information on WEEE with direct links to additional information sources, the national producer registration body (WEEE Register Society Ltd.) and the compliance schemes etc has been set up at:

www.weee-enforcement.ie

The EPA has undertaken an extensive advertising campaign in the national and regional press to highlight the WEEE Regulations. Additionally, the EPA recorded an item on WEEE for the Eco-Eye TV programme, which was broadcast in March 2006.

The EPA is an active participant in the WEEE Monitoring Group and meetings of the WEEE Register Society Ltd. Links have been made with regulators in other countries to share experiences in the enforcement of WEEE.

The EPA actively engages with associations representing various business sectors to highlight obligations under the regulations and to pro-actively drive compliance.

Similar obligations have been introduced relating to batteries and accumulators and the EPA has also been the lead role in enforcement of the Batteries Regulations, since September 2008.