WEEE Directive

WEEE Directive

WEEE Directive

From March 2014 retailers are obliged to take back WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and Waste Battery from members of the public free of charge. This new EU directive ensures that all historic WEEE products are collected, treated and disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

How does WEEE work?

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 product purchased. For example if you purchase a hair-dryer we will take back your old hair-dryer free of charge and ensure it is recycled in a safe and responsible manner. However if you buy a toaster, we will not take back your old television or kettle.

How do I know if my product is covered?

Look out for this symbol:

Weee symbol

If the symbol shown here is found on any of your goods, it means that the product is covered by the WEEE Regulations

How do I return my old product?

You can return your old product/waste batteries at the time of collection of the new product via post or courier or you can call us on 051-420520 to arrange to collect your old product/waste batteries (Additional postage charges may apply). Alternatively you can bring it to High5Gadgets, Rivergate, Craywell Rd, New Ross, Co.Wexford. You can also bring your old product to your nearest civic amenity centre, of which there are approximately 64 located throughout the country, which will allow consumers to dispose of all old electronic equipment and waste batteries free of charge.

High5Gadgets will recycle all WEEE and waste batteries that are sent to our warehouse(High5Gadgets, Rivergate, Craywell Rd, New Ross, Co.Wexford), this must be accompanied by a valid order number.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries must never be placed in your waste disposal or recycling bins. WEEE is taken back free of charge at our warehouse on a one-for-one like-for-like basis. Local authority civic amenity facilities also take back WEEE and waste batteries free of charge. WEEE and waste battery recycling is free.

Find your local civic amenity centre here.

What are the Environmental Management Costs or Producer Recycling Fund(PRF)?

To ensure the collection, treatment and disposal of all WEEE and waste batteries in a safe manner, the prices of electronic and electrical items will now include a contribution to a producer recycling fund. Each item will be associated with a product category, e.g. large household appliances, electronic and electrical tools, etc, which will determine the EMC that applies. All products that incur an EMC, will clearly display the EMC along with the item price both before and after the EMC is applied. The following list outlines some of the EMCs that apply to different product categories:

Link to EMCs

For more information about WEEE and Producer Recycling Fund Contribution please visit www.weeeireland.ie

High5Gadgets - WEEE Reg No: JNT2KV

High5Gadgets Retailer Certificate