European Aluminium Association (EAA) Representation
The EAA have enlisted OCAE Consultants as their representative in Ireland. OCAE Consultant Karen Mahon provides liaison between Irish stakeholders and the EAA to promote recycling and environmental awareness campaigns in relation to the aluminium packaging in Ireland. EAA have been involved in Repak National Recycling Week, An Taisce National Spring Clean and TidyTowns and will be working in the future on further aluminium recycling campaigns in Ireland. More information on this can be found at www.aluproireland.ie.
Compliance with the Waste Management (Packaging Regulations), 2008
In 2003 the government enacted what are commonly referred to as the Packaging Regulations, which give effect to Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste. These regulations replaced the Packaging Regulations of 1997. The Packaging Regulations have been recently amended to bring in further improvements in compliance and enforcement.
The Packaging Regulations place particular obligations on major producers of packaging, i.e. businesses with an annual turnover in excess of €1.27 million and placing more than 25 tonnes of packaging onto the Irish market and will shortly change to bring this limit to 10 tonnes. Major producers must either register with a packaging compliance scheme, i.e. Repak, and pay an annual material specfic fee for packaging placed onto the Irish market, or self-comply by registering with their local authority and accepting packaging waste back from the public similar to that which is supplied onto the market.
OCAE Consultants provide baseline packagaing audits on companies to ensure they are compliant with the Waste Management (Packaging Regulations), 2003 and the amendment thereto in 2004 and 2008. A consultant will review the packaging your company places onto the Irish market and provide you with a report for your local authority.
WEEE and RoHS Compliance
The WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC is an 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.
The Irish government implemented the WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC in August 2005 and from 13th August 2005, all Producers and Distributors (Retailers) of EEE must comply with the WEEE Regulations 2005.
Producers of EEE must register with the WEEE Register Society and where they are supplying household consumer EEE, may join a compliance scheme either WEEE Ireland or ERP to help meet their collection, recycling and reporting requirements as specified in the Regulations.
Companies supplying B2B EEE must prepare a WEEE waste management plan and provide it to the relevant authority at least once every three years. This report should detail the steps taken by the producer to comply with the regulations and must be made available, free of charge, to any oerson requesting it within ten working days. OCAE Consultants will review your company's status and advise on the best available compliance solutions for both B2C and B2B WEEE.