WEEE Directive

From 13th August 2005 under the new WEEE regulations HandyHardware DIY will be obliged to take back Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from members of the public. Handyhardware is fully committed to comply with all such legislation. These regulations are designed to promote the recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. They will facilitate in particular the achievement of the targets for the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment in an environmentally sound manner established by directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment. The regulations impose obligations on persons who supply electrical and electronic equipment to the Irish market, whether as retailers, importers or manufactures.Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is taken back free of charge on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis. Waste batteries including rechargeable batteries are taken back free of charge. You are not obliged to make any purchase when returning old batteries. Each local authority must also accept household WEEE and small batteries free of charge at its recycling facilities. All WEEE and waste batteries must be recycled and should not be placed in any of your household wheelie bins. Make sure you always recycle all your old electrical goods and batteries.

How does WEEE work?

Distributors, ie. Retailers, when supplying a new product, must accept back waste electrical and electronic equipment from private households 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, other than contaminated waste electrical and electronic equipment that presents a health and safety risk unless such contamination is on account of a distributor’s liability.

Take back is on a one for one basis only and the product must be of a similar type or have performed the same function as the new item purchased.  For example if you are buying a new drill we will take back your old drill and ensure that it is disposed of in an environmentally correct manner. However if you are buying a drill, you cannot return a toaster, microwave etc in its place.

Why are Environmental Management Costs displayed?

The whole point of showing Environmental Managemental Costs is to ensure that the system is transparent. We display the Environmental Managemental Costs as PRF ” Producers Recycling Fund”.

What should you do if returning Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment?

If you are returning electrical appliances then you should take the item to the nearest recycle point here (https://www.weeeireland.ie/household-recycling/where-can-i-recycle/) Use the map to find your nearest recycling centre, participating electrical retailer or Free Public Electrical Recycling Event. PLease be aware that they might not be obliged to take back contaminated WEEE that presents a health and safety risk.

What happens if you forget to bring your old appliance with you?

If you are purchasing a new electrical product but forget to bring your old one back on the day of purchase you will have 15 days to return it to our main office. Please ensure you keep your receipt for the new electrical item and present this at the customer service desk when returning the old electrical item.

What happens with home deliveries?

If you are purchasing an electrical item and choosing to get it delivered then you need to return electrical appliances via courier or post the item to our main office at Unit T, Ballymount Drive, Ballymount Road Lower, BALLYMOUNT, Dublin. D12 PK81 on the day of delivery the old appliance once it performs a similar function as the new item purchased. If the old appliance is not returned on the day of delivery then the customer has 30 days to return the item to our main office.

Where else can I return old appliances or batteries?

Each local authority also accepts household WEEE and small batteries free of charge, no purchase necessary, at their recycling centres. Visit https://www.weeeireland.ie/ to find your nearest recycling point today and dispose of your WEEE waste correctly.

What electrical items qualify?

Electrical and Electronic Tools Cost & Descriptions
(with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)

Sewing machines
Tools for riveting, nailing or screwing or
removing rivets, nails, screws or similar uses
Hammer drill, Drill, Diamond core drill for wet and dry drilling
Table circular saw, Jigsaw, Mitre saw, Circular saw, Metal cutting saw with blade, Band saw,
Reciprocating saw / Pendulum saw / Sword saw
Sewing machines
Break hammer, Hammer screwdriver, Impact wrench, Screwdriver, Stapler / Nail machine
Equipment for turning, milling, sanding,
grinding, sawing, cutting, shearing, drilling,
making holes, punching, folding, bending or
similar processing of wood, metal and other
Tools for welding, soldering or similar use
Equipment for spraying, spreading, dispersing
or other treatment of liquid or gaseous
substances by other means
Tools for mowing or other gardening activities
Other electrical equipment
Triangle sander, Belt sander, Block sander, Eccentric sander, Concrete cutter, Cutting
machine with disk, Edge cutter, Grinder, Jackhammer, Milling machine, Mixer, Sheet cutter,
Straight cutter, Tapping machine, Trimming machine, Universal scraper, Wallpaper steamer
Solder / Unsolder equipment, Welding apparatus
Glue gun, High pressure cleaner, Inflation pump, Paint roller, Paint spray gun, Paint stripper,
Rechargeable air pump
Aerator, Chain saw, Compost mill, Hedge clipper / Hedge trimmer, Lawnmower ,Leaf
blower / Vacuum sweeper, Grass shear, Pond pump / Fountain pump, Pruning shear,
Sprinkler, Stalk shredder, Edge trimmer (nylon), Undergrowth cutter, Well pump , Blowing
and suction appliance
Other electrical equipment, including Compressor, Transformer, Paper shredder, Laminating
machine, Binding machine, Coin/Note counter

Approved Visible Environmental Costs.

“The prices of these items include contributions to a producer recycling fund to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected and recycled in a responsible manner.”


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