Fixed Penalty Notices (also known as FPNs) will now be used by The Environmental Protection (EPA) in Ireland to tackle the issue of obligated producers who are non-compliant with the WEEE and Battery & Accumulator Regulations
Putting FPNs into place will enable the EPA to easier target non-compliant producers and the aim is to achieve a fairer competitive environment, whilst also facilitating a quicker and more efficient method of enforcement of the WEEE and Battery Regulations, without the requirement to take non-compliant companies to Court.
FPNs are essentially spot fines which work in the same way as those issued for motoring offences.
Non-compliance under the WEEE and Battery & Accumulator Regulations in Ireland for which Fixed Penalty Notices can be given, specifically include the following (as defined in the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act):
- Failure to register with The Producer Register Ltd (€2,000)
- The display of a registration number on an invoice, credit note or website by a producer who is not validly registered (€1,000)
- Failure, by a distance seller, to display a valid producer registration number on a website (€500)
- Failure by a producer to meet obligations to report to the WEEE Blackbox (€500)
- Failure by a producer of batteries who is selling by distance communication to appropriately display certain information at each point where batteries are being distributed (including on websites, catalogues, web-shots or brochures take-back of waste batteries) on take-back of waste batteries (€500)
The Environmental Protection Agency expect to start issuing the aforementioned Fixed Penalty Notices from Autumn 2018.
*Please note - the above applies to the Republic of Ireland only.
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