The batteries regulations define three types of batteries:
If you are unsure about the type of battery that you are selling, you can use the battery scoping decision-tree to determine the type of battery.
A battery producer is any person or organisation that either manufactures or imports batteries or EEE incorporating batteries, and places them on the market in Ireland.
You are a battery producer if you do any one (or more) of the following in Ireland (including when using online distance selling):
Find out more about distance selling.
Important note: If you are importing vehicles with batteries, then you are a battery producer.
There is legislation for managing waste batteries in Ireland. This legislation sets out the rules and the legal obligations for anyone who makes, imports or sells batteries in Ireland. This legislation also sets the rules for the collection and recycling of waste batteries.
The legislation is as follows:
Download a copy of the batteries regulations
All battery producers must do the following:
Important note: If you are placing EEE on the Irish market and the EEE contains batteries, then you are an EEE producer and a battery producer. You will have to meet the obligations that apply to an EEE producer and a battery producer.
For more information, read the guidance for battery producers
Find out more about the legal obligations of EEE producers.
There are two ways for battery producers to finance the environmentally sound management of their waste batteries. You can either:
It is important to note that you cannot do both. You must do one or the other.
If you choose to self-comply, the EPA needs to know how you are meeting your legal obligations, therefore, self-complying battery producers must submit the following information to the EPA every year:
The EPA provides spreadsheet templates for battery producers to submit their WBMP and WBMR. You are required to download the spreadsheet, fill it in and email it to the EPA. The spreadsheets are macro-enabled and contain instructions on how to complete them.
Download the spreadsheet template for a Waste Battery Management Plan or a Waste Battery Management Report to make your next submission.
Important note: The EPA charges a fee to self-complying battery producers. This fee provides for reviewing your WBMP and WBMR. The fee is payable when you are submitting your WBMP.
Find out about the legal obligations that apply to distributors of EEE or batteries
Find out about the legislation that regulates WEEE and waste batteries
Find out who is responsible for doing what in the legislation by downloading the booklet: Who does what - WEEE & Battery Regulations
For the WEEE and batteries compliance scheme, check out WEEE Ireland
For the WEEE and batteries compliance scheme, check out the European Recycling Platform
If you are exporting WEEE or waste batteries abroad, then you will have legal obligations. Read more on the website of the National Transfrontier Shipment Office
Find out more about WEEE across the EU on the website of the European Commission