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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

 FREE WASTE ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT (WEEE) TAKE-BACK

  •  Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is taken back free of charge in any Sam McCauley store on a one for one like for like basis
  •  Waste batteries including rechargeable batteries are taken back free of charge in any  Sam McCauley store.    
  •  You are not obliged to make any purchase when returning old batteries at the above locations.    
  •  Each local authority must also accept household WEEE and small batteries free of charge at it’s recycling facilities.   
  •  All WEEE and waste batteries must be recycled and should not be placed in your waste disposal or recycling bins.    
  •  Make sure you always recycle all your old electrical goods and batteries.

Where is my nearest store?
To see where your nearest Sam McCauley store is, please view our Store Locator page here

ITEMS PURCHASED ONLINE – FREE TAKE-BACK ON DELIVERY 
For items purchased online, when delivered to you, we will take-back Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) free of charge on a one for one like for like basis. You will be given at least 24 hours notice of the delivery, if this is not the case and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) item is subsequently not available for collection we will arrange an alternative collection within 15 days.

Alternatively within 30 days of the delivery Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is taken back free of charge in any Sam McCauley store on a one for one like for like basis. 

If you have any queries regarding online purchases and WEEE please contact us on 1890-209-309

Why recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)?
Waste electrical equipment is a rapidly growing waste stream in Europe. Significant amounts of WEEE have been consigned to landfill, taking up space and leaving behind environmentally damaging toxic substances. In Ireland, we have had a particular problems with appliances being dumped in rural and scenic locations. 
 
What is the WEEE Directive and what does it do?
To tackle these issues across Europe, the European Union has introduced the WEEE Directive. The Directive requires that from 13 August 2005, all producers of electrical and electronic equipment finance the recovery and recycling of waste electrical and electronic household equipment.  
 
What should I do with electrical waste?
We all have a responsibility for electrical and electronic waste. Waste electrical and electronic equipment contains hazardous materials which pose a threat to our environmental and human health. Such waste must be properly sorted, de-contaminated and disassembled.
  
Therefore, waste electrical and electronic equipment must not be placed in a household bin. The free collection and recycling of old appliances is designed to make sure this hazardous waste is sent for re-use or recycling.

Free take back for consumers
Since 13 August 2005, consumers can recycle their old waste electrical and electronic equipment, free of charge, in the following ways:
 
To a Retailer:
Retailers are required by law to take back waste electrical goods and electronic equipment from customers free of charge.
 
Take back is on a one-for- one basis only and the appliance being returned must be of a similar type or have performed the same function as the new item purchased. For example, retailers are not obliged to accept a fridge where the consumer has purchased a toaster.

Where goods are bought over the counter, retailers must take back the old product in-store either at the time of sale or within a maximum of 15 days of the date of sale, provided the consumer can provide proof of purchase.

Where a new appliance or equipment is being delivered the seller of the product must take back the old appliance -

(i) on the delivery of a new product either at the time of delivery, provided the old product has been cleaned and disconnected from any utilities and is ready for immediate collection, or

(ii) at their premises within a maximum of 30 days from the date of delivery. Retailers must give 24 hours notice of a delivery or else return within 15 days to collect the old appliance.

Whichever take-back option a consumer avails of must be free of charge.
 
To a Local Authority:
Each local authority must accept household WEEE free of charge at its civic amenity facilities from members of the public. Local authorities can no longer charge gate fees for WEEE. 
 
How is the recycling system financed?
In Ireland the recycling system is handled by two new companies: WEEE Ireland and the European Recycling Platform. These companies are financed through the system of Environmental Management Costs. 
 
If there is a problem?
If your retailer does not take back WEEE, you should contact the Environment Section of the local authority where the retailer is based. 
 
It is Important to remember:
Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be recycled and re-used. Recycling helps to save natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks.