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Reduction in number of EEE categories under WEEE Regs in Ireland

30th November 2017

Cherry Whittaker

The Republic of Ireland WEEE Regulations state that from August 2018, the 10 categories under which WEEE producers report their EEE, will reduce to just 6 categories 

Currently, there are 10 categories of electrical and electronic equipment under the WEEE Regulations in Republic of Ireland, which mirror those covered by the UK regulations. However, in the Republic of Ireland ONLY, these categories will reduce to 6, as of 15 August 2018.

These 6 categories will be as follows, including examples of items that will fall into each category (but not limited to):

1. Temperature exchange equipment

Example items: Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning equipment and heat pumps.

 

2. Screens, monitors and equipment containing screens having a surface greater than 100 cm2

Example items: Screens, televisions, monitors and laptops. 

 

3. Lamps

Example items: Straight fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps, high intensity discharge lamps and LED.

 

4. Large equipment (any external dimension more than 50cm) including, but not limited to: Household appliances, IT and telecommunication equipment, Consumer equipment, Luminaires, Equipment reproducing sound or images, Musical equipment, Electrical and electronic tools, Leisure and sports equipment, Medical devices, Monitoring and control instruments, Automatic dispensers, Equipment for the generation of electric currents.

This category does not include equipment included in categories 1 to 3.

Example items: Washing machines, clothes dryers, dish washing machines, cookers and electric stoves.

 

5. Small equipment (no external dimension more than 50 cm) including, but not limited to: Household appliances, Consumer equipment, Luminaires, Equipment reproducing sound or images, Musical equipment, Electrical and electronic tools, Toys, leisure and sports equipment, Medical devices, Monitoring and control instruments, Automatic dispensers, Equipment for the generation of electric currents.

This category does not include equipment included in categories 1 to 3 and 6.

Example items: Vacuum cleaners, luminaires, microwaves, irons and toasters. 

6. Small IT and telecommunication equipment (no external dimension more than 50 cm).

Example items: Mobile phones, GPS, pocket calculators and printers. 

In addition, as of August 2018, the scope of the Republic of Ireland WEEE Directive will become open to include all items of EEE unless they are specifically excluded. This will bring many additional products under the scope of the Directive.

If you would like further information regarding these changes and want to know how this may affect your business, please get in touch - info@complydirect.com or call us on 01756 794951

Alternatively, if you export products to or have a presence in the Republic of Ireland, or indeed another country overseas, find out how we can help you with your potential international obligation here