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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Batteries Regulations Enforcement

Local authorities regulate the disposal, recovery and recycling of consumer electrical goods, electrical appliances and batteries.

Batteries and Waste Batteries

Waste Batteries

Waste batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries), can be returned free of charge, to a. Retailers who sell equivalent batteries or b. other authorised collection points including local authority civic amenity sites. Members of the public should not place batteries in waste disposal or recycling bins. Waste batteries should be collected and returned to the retailer who sell equivalent batteries or to a local authority civic amenity sites. No purchase is required to return waste batteries.

Retailer Obligations

  • Retailers must take back batteries similar to a type they sell such as portable batteries such as AA, AAA, Cell C, Cell D, PP3.
  • If you do not sell Automotive, Industrial, or sealed lead acid batteries for alarms you are not obliged to accept these back.
  • Take-back systems for household batteries may operate in conjunction with take back systems for household WEEE.
  • Retailers of automotive or industrial batteries must register as a supplier of Batteries under the WEEE, with local authority. See forms below.
  • Retailers may deposit waste portable batteries free of charge at local authority civic amenity sites.
  • Retailers are prohibited from placing on the market, batteries supplied by an unregistered Producer.
  • Retailers who import batteries from outside the state are required to register as a Producer.
  • The collection compliance scheme in operation within Tipperary County Council's functional area is WEEE Ireland.
  • WEEE Ireland can be contacted at 01- 299 9320.

WEEE Ireland have prepared an information pack for both retailers and the consumer. Please click on the link below for further information on these regulations.

Household batteries can be recycled at the following locations:

  1. County Civic Offices
  2. Nenagh Civic Amenity Site
  3. Roscrea Civic Amenity Site
  4. Cashel Civic Amenity Site (Waller’s Lot Recycling Centre)
  5. Clonmel Civic Amenity Site (Carrigeen Recycling Centre)

Automotive batteries can be recycled at Nenagh, Roscrea, Cashel and Clonmel Civic Amenity sites only.

Any queries in relation to the regulations should be addressed to; Customer Services Desk, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Nenagh or Civic Offices Emmet Street Clonmel, Co. Tipperary Tel: 0818 06 5000 Email:

Related Information

Management of Waste Electrical Items (WEEE)

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Regulations require producers and retailers of WEEE to be responsible for the financing of the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE.

It means that consumers of household WEEE are entitled to return the WEEE back Free of Charge, either to retail outlets (under certain conditions) or other authorised facilities, including recycling centres.

Weee Ireland -Dream Of Change

Fewer End-of-Life Electrical Gifts and Toys Being Recycled Now More Than Ever

Only one in three of the most popular electronic and electrical gifts sold in Ireland is recycled, new data shows.

Statistics reveal that since 2019, just 33% of end-of-life beauty and consumer electricals such as hair straighteners, shavers, instant print cameras, headphones and bluetooth speakers were diverted from landfill.

And that figure drops dramatically to just under 10% for electronic toys including gaming consoles, action figures, e-scooters and e-bikes.

WEEE Ireland Follow Your Lead Challenge

This October Families in Tipperary are being challenged to find and recycle five end-of-life electrical items in a bid to improve our recycling performance, after consumption soared in the last year.

The country’s largest e-waste recycling scheme, WEEE Ireland, is urging Tipperary residents to become e-detectives for the month of October and follow electrical leads around their homes to identify devices that are beyond repair.

Smartphones are set to be high on the hitlist – EU data shows they are the most unused and hoarded electrical items lying around Irish homes.