If you are retailer of WEEE, you must register each of your premises with the respective Local Authority (registration fee is €20).
Also, from the 13th of August 2005, you are prohibited from selling goods sourced from a Producer who
- is not in possession of a valid Certificate of Registration from the Registration Body, or
- Does not display the registration number on any invoice, credit note, dispatch or delivery docket. The registration number is provided by the WEEE Register unless you agree to take on these responsibilities yourself.
Retailers, when supplying a new product, must accept back waste electrical and electronic equipment from private households at least free of charge on a one-to-one basis (as long as the waste electrical and electronic equipment is of equivalent type or has fulfilled the same function as the supplied equipment). In effect it is a like-for-like arrangement with the consumer. The retailer then must make provision for storing the WEEE and transporting it to the nearest Civic Amenity Site and bear any costs during this process. If you have registered with your Local Authority, you are permitted to take the WEEE to the Civic Amenity Cost free of charge. You will not be required to hold a Waste Permit License to transport the waste under certain conditions and these can be outlined by your Local Authority.
Distributors, must accept back WEEE when they have supplied electrical and electronic equipment to a household when EEE is delivered to the purchaser or even when EEE has not been delivered, to the purchaser.
There are certain conditions attached so please refer to the WEEE Regulations 2005 for further clarity.
To offset the takeback obligations, Retailers can make alternative arrangements with the permission of their Local Authority to arrange for the consumer to bring the product direct to the Civic Amenity site subject to certain conditions.