Battery and Accumulators
The Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2008 provide for the free take back of all waste batteries, (household, automotive and industrial) and accumulators at retail outlets selling similar type batteries. Members of the public are not obliged to make a purchase when depositing waste batteries at a retail outlet.
Members of the public should only dispose of waste batteries in designated battery recycling receptacles. These receptacles are available at battery retail outlets and Civic Amenity sites. Waste batteries should not be disposed of through any other means.
Retailers’ obligations under the above Regulations:
- Retailers must now take back waste batteries, similar to the type that they sell, free of charge.
- Retailers of batteries must register with their local authority by 31st January each year. Retailers may deposit waste portable batteries free of charge at Civic Amenity entres.
- Retailers that are already registered with their Local Authority for compliance with the WEEE Regulations, are automatically registered on the Local Authorities Batteries Retail Register.
- Ensure that any Batteries collected from their premises are delivered to an approved facility.
- Ensure that the storage and transport of batteries collected, as above, meets the requirements of the Regulations.
- Ensure that private households are informed of the free battery take back facilities available to them and that they are encouraged to participate in the separate collection of batteries.
The registration fee to Sligo County Council is €20.00 per annum. Registration forms are available from the Environment Section Unit 9, Cleveragh Business Park, Sligo. Telephone: 071-9111907/2 or on the Council web-site at:
Director of Services.
Published on the 26/11/2008