What is The WEEE Directive?
The WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC is a EU Directive founded on the principle of Producer Responsibility and its general objectives are:
To prevent waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and to promote the reuse, recycling and recovery of such wastes
To improve the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment, e.g. producers, distributors and consumers and in particular those operators directly involved in the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
How does WEEE work?
Retailers, when supplying a new product, must accept back waste electrical and electronic equipment 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 distributors liability. Computerbits provide this service free of charge.
How do I return my old product?
You can return your old product to:
Computerbits, Teeling St, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. Up to 30 days from the date of delivery.
You can also bring your old product to your nearest civic amenity centre, which are located throughout the country, which will allow consumers to dispose of all old electronic equipment free of charge . Find your local civic amenity centre here.
Contribution to Producer Recycling Fund (PRF)
Any Distributor, ie. Retailer, who distributes electrical and electronic equipment supplied by a producer and displays environmental management costs (EMCs) shall be required to ensure that such costs are indicated in writing to each purchaser. These are referred to in the legislation as contributions to the Producer Recycling Fund (PRF).