This page provides compliance guidance and information for EEE producers including what EEE producers must do to comply with the WEEE regulations, the different types of producers, the different categories of EEE, compliance by joining a compliance scheme, self-compliance, B2B reporting to the EPA and making a complaint to the EPA.
In general, if a product needs a battery or a power supply to work properly it is electrical and electronic equipment, or EEE for short. Household products such as mobile phones, computers, power tools and hairdryers are EEE. EEE used by businesses includes servers, hospital equipment and catering equipment. An EEE producer is any person or organisation that either manufactures or imports EEE and places it on the market in Ireland for the first time.
You are an EEE producer if you do any one (or more) of the following in Ireland:
The activities above include distance selling, where the importing or selling is done online. Find out more about distance selling.
There are two main types of EEE Producers: B2B and B2C. These are explained below.
Important note: If you are selling both B2B and B2C type EEE, then you are a dual producer - a B2B and a B2C producer. See below for more on the legal obligations that apply to dual producers.
All the EEE that is sold in Ireland eventually becomes waste (that is, WEEE). WEEE needs to be managed legally and safely. The legislation that controls WEEE (the WEEE Regulations) require EEE producers to take responsibility for the management of their WEEE.
Find out about the legislation that regulates WEEE.
All EEE producers (B2B or B2C or dual) must do the following:
In the WEEE Regulations, EEE has been divided into six categories:
These categories are used by producers for reporting to the WEEE Blackbox. To allow detailed reporting of EEE, the Producer Register Limited has issued a further breakdown of the 6 categories listed above. This can be found on the Producer Register website.
They are also used for reporting waste statistics on WEEE by the EPA to the European Commission.
The WEEE Regulations provide separate systems for B2B and B2C producers to finance the environmentally sound management of their WEEE:
B2C producers must join a compliance scheme: WEEE Ireland or European Recycling Platform (ERP) Ireland. Compliance schemes provide a compliance service to their B2C producer members. They will meet your B2C producer obligations for you. They charge a fee for this service.
Compliance schemes do not currently provide a compliance service to B2B producers. Therefore, B2B producers must self-comply with the WEEE Regulations and take on the responsibility of financing the management of their WEEE themselves. This means that B2B producers must arrange for the collection, movement and treatment of their B2B WEEE.
To self-comply with the WEEE Regulations, B2B producers must do the following:
Important note: The above actions are legal obligations for B2B producers and are critical to the safe and legal management of B2B WEEE.
The EPA needs to know how self-complying B2B producers are meeting their legal obligations, so the producers must submit information to the EPA. The information required by the EPA is as follows:
The EPA provides an online system to submit the WMP and WMR. Find out how to access and use this online system by going to the B2B Waste Management plan and report webpage.
If you are selling both B2B- and B2C-type EEE, then you are a dual producer. As a dual producer, you must meet the legal obligations that apply to both types of producers. You must join a compliance scheme to manage your B2C WEEE and self-comply to manage your B2B WEEE – both at the same time.
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 must meet the obligations that apply both to an EEE producers and a battery producer.
Find out more about the legal obligations for battery producers.
Some producers are not meeting their legal obligations. They are acting at an illegal competitive advantage over compliant producers. These producers are known as ‘free riders’.
Do you know (or suspect) a producer that is not registered or who is acting as a free rider? You can tell the EPA using this free rider EEE producer complaint form. We will investigate your complaint. Your complaint will be confidential.
Find out who is responsible for doing what in the legislation by downloading the booklet: Who does what - WEEE & Battery Regulations
For the EEE and batteries compliance scheme, check out WEEE Ireland
For the EEE 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 national transfrontier shipment of waste
Find out more about WEEE across the EU on the website of the European Commission