This page provides information about Fixed Payment Notices (FPN). It includes information on why and how they can be used by the EPA, the offences that are subject to an FPN and the amounts that are payable. It also provides information on how to make a complaint to the EPA about a free rider producer.
The EPA can issue a Fixed Payment Notice (FPN) to a producer or a distributor for offences under the WEEE Regulations. These offences include:
The full list of relevant offences that are subject to a Fixed Payment Notice is in the Fixed Payment Notice regulations.
The amount that may be payable for a Fixed Payment Notice ranges from €500 to €2,000 per offence.
The EPA hopes that the use of Fixed Payment Notices will increase compliance with the WEEE and Batteries Regulations. This will then reduce the resources that the EPA currently spends on enforcing and advising retailers and producers to comply with the WEEE and Batteries Regulations.
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 compliant. Your complaint will be confidential.