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Information on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) for customers residing in Ireland

If you live in Ireland and you have electrical or electronic waste to dispose of, you should consider the following information.

What is the WEEE Directive?

The production of electrical and electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing domains of manufacturing in the western world, and with broad consumer take-up of products in this area, there is also a mounting issue of waste. In June 2000, the European Commission put forward proposals to address this issue, and in December 2002 these were passed as the EU Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive. The major objectives of the WEEE Directive are:

  • Producers and Distributors putting electrical or electronic equipment on the market in the EU participate in the take back and in the financing of the treatment and recycling of end-of-life equipment.
  • Improve re-use/recycling of WEEE.
  • Ensure the separate collection of WEEE.
  • Inform the public about their role in dealing with WEEE.

What does the crossed out wheely bin symbol below mean?

All Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) must be marked with this symbol to indicate that it is covered by the Waste Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) Directive:

Which products fall under the legislation?

The WEEE Directive divides electronic and electrical equipment into ten categories:

  • Category 1 - Large household appliances (fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines, etc.)
  • Category 2 - Small household appliances (vacuum cleaners, clocks, toasters, etc.)
  • Category 3 - IT and Telecommunications equipment (PCs, mainframes, printers, copiers, phones, etc.)
  • Category 4 - Consumer equipment (radios, hi-fi, musical instruments, videos, camcorders, etc.)
  • Category 5 - Lighting equipment (fluorescent tubes and holders, sodium lamps, etc.)
  • Category 6 - Electrical and electronic tools (drills, sewing machines, electric lawnmowers, etc.)
  • Category 7 - Toys, leisure and sports equipment (electric trains, games consoles, exercise machines, etc.)
  • Category 8 - Medical devices (analysers, dialysis machines, medical freezers, etc.)
  • Category 9 - Monitoring and control equipment (smoke detectors, thermostats, scales, etc.)
  • Category 10 - Automatic dispensers (hot drinks machines, sweet and chocolate bar dispensers, cash machines, etc.)

How can I dispose of used electronic or electrical equipment?

You cannot dispose of used electrical or electronic equipment as regular household waste. Electrical and electronic equipment may contain hazardous substances which may have a serious detrimental effect on the environment and/or human health. That is why all equipment that you volunteer for recycling will be specifically collected and treated by designated waste facility centres and by licensed WEEE compliance schemes. By ensuring that you dispose of your old electrical and electronic equipment according to the WEEE legislation you are helping to preserve our natural resources and protect human health.

If your old piece of electronic equipment is still in a good working condition or could be repaired for further use, please consider donating it to a charitable organisation or giving it to someone else in need. By extending the lifetime of your old equipment you are also contributing to the efficient use of resources and avoiding additional waste.You may also be able to dispose of old electrical or electronic equipment at your local waste facilities or recycling centres. Please contact the relevant facility directly for more information.

Alternatively when you purchase new electrical or electronic equipment from Amazon EU S.à.r.l we offer you the possibility to take-back your old equipment on a one-for-one and like-for-like basis, free of charge. "One-for-one and like-for-like take back" means we will only accept the take back of the same type and quantity of equipment as the new electrical or electronic equipment you purchase from Amazon EU S.à.r.l. For example, if you buy a digital photo camera from Amazon we will only allow the take back free of charge of one digital or analogue photo camera from you. Your equipment will be treated and recycled in accordance with the applicable regulations. If you want to choose this option you can take back or send your old piece of equipment to one of the following addresses:

Cork:

Rehab Recycle

Monahan Road

Cork

Phone: 021 4317195

Dublin:

Rehab Recycle

77 Broomhill Road

Tallaght Dublin 24

Phone: 01 4528119

Galway:

Rehab Recycle

Parkmore Business Park

Ballybrit, Galway

Phone: 091 705660

Kilkenny:

Rehab Recycle

West Hebron Road

Ind Est.

Kilkenny

Phone: 056 7762043

Please contact our customer services department if you would like to send us your used equipment free of charge.Waste batteries including rechargeable batteries (of a type sold by Amazon EU S.à.r.l) may be taken back free of charge at any of the above addresses. You're not obliged to make any purchase when returning old batteries. Each local authority must also accept household waste electrical or electronic equipment and small batteries free of charge at its recycling facilities.You can also take WEEE and used batteries to local Civic Amenity centres for recycling. You'll find those on the WEEE Ireland website: http://www.weeeireland.ie/localDepot/depo.htm.

How is the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment financed?

Amazon is a member of a compliance system licensed by the Irish Government that looks after the collection, treatment and recycling of electronic equipment at the end of its life-cycle. Where applicable the prices of EEE items you buy from Amazon EU S.à.r.l for delivery in Ireland include contributions to a producer recycling fund (PRF) to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected and recycled in a responsible manner.

From 1st of July 2014, certain categories of household EEE must have a visible Environmental Management Cost associated with them. You can find information on EMCs on the following link:

http://www.weeeregister.ie/uploads/content/WEEE_Register_Society_Category_Listings_5_6a.pdf

Included in your purchase price there's a contribution to the recycling fees.

Amazon is a member of the WEEE Register Society, with registration number 1330WB.

Glossary

  • EEE means Electronic and Electrical Equipment
  • WEEE means Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment and covers all end-of-life equipment falling under the WEEE directive (for the specific categories see above).

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