EPA Prosecutes Eye Spy CCTV Limited under Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations

Date released: Oct 23 2015

On 30 September Eye Spy CCTV Limited, Unit S1 Ballymount Industrial Estate, Ballymount, Dublin 12 were prosecuted for 15 offences under the European Union  (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations, 2014.
At Dublin District Court, Mr Justice O’Neill heard the case and convicted the company of breaching the Regulations by:

  • Placing electrical and electronic equipment on the market during various periods between 2013 and 2015, 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 €22,500 and EPA costs totalling €3,012 were subsequently imposed on Eye Spy CCTV Limited.

Commenting on the prosecution Michael Owens, EPA spokesperson on the WEEE Regulations said,

“The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations are considered to be very successful in Ireland. However, unregistered producers put at a competitive disadvantage those who pay their fair share towards financing the environmentally sound management of the products they place on the market. Producer responsibility means that all producers must take on their responsibilities in proportion to the quantity of electrical and electronic equipment they place on the market”. 

Mr Owens further commented,

“A minority of obligated producers still seek to evade their responsibilities and the EPA will continue with its programme of enforcement work to ensure that the integrity of the system is maintained and that maximum resource recovery is achieved”.

Further information: Niamh Hatchell, EPA Press Office 053 9170770 (24-hours)

Notes for Editors: 

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is made up of many different materials and components, some of which are hazardous. The WEEE Regulations (first introduced in August 2005 and substantially revised in 2014) 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 WEEE that can be collected and diverted from landfill.

WEEE Enforcement:

The EPA has the lead enforcement role for the WEEE Regulations. Since August 2005, extensive correspondence has been initiated alerting retailers and producers of EEE to their obligations. The EPA has also engaged extensively with sectoral organisations and trade associations to raise awareness about the obligations on producers and retailers. Most companies have complied with the Regulations. While the EPA is hopeful that those stakeholder engagement and direct correspondence will drive pro-active compliance without recourse to legal action, twelve prosecutions have now been taken under the WEEE Regulations.

Local authorities also have a role in enforcing many of the articles in the Regulations, predominantly those relating to retailer obligations, and providing civic amenity sites for WEEE. The EPA and local authorities exchange information and enforcement support through Network for Ireland's Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (NIECE)   which has been established under the Office of Environmental Enforcement.

A section of the EPA website is dedicated to providing information and guidance on WEEE. The national producer registration body established under the WEEE Regulations is the WEEE Register Society Ltd. and two producer compliance schemes have been approved by the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government; these are WEEE Ireland and ERP Ireland.

The EPA continues to undertake promotional advertising in relevant publications to maintain and increase the awareness of obligations under the WEEE Regulations.

The EPA is an active participant in the WEEE Monitoring Group and works closely with all stakeholders. Links have been made with regulators in other countries to share experiences in the enforcement of WEEE.

Similar obligations have been introduced relating to batteries and accumulators and the EPA also takes the lead role in enforcement of the Batteries Regulations, since September 2008. Compliance options and enforcement actions under the Batteries Regulations have been integrated into the systems already established for WEEE.