We are fully compliant with the Waste Management (Battery & Accumulators) Regulations. New WEEE (Waste Electrical and Waste Electronic) regulations (SI 149 of 2014) came into effect in March 2014. Aldi Ireland is a member of WEEE Ireland and our WEEE Register Society membership number is 140WB.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is taken back free of charge in all our stores on a one-for-one, like for like basis. Waste batteries including rechargeable batteries are also taken back free of charge in all our stores. You are not obliged to make any purchase when returning old batteries to our stores. Each local authority must also accept household WEEE and small batteries free of charge at its recycling facilities. All WEEE and waste batteries must be recycled and should not be placed in any of your household wheelie bins. Make sure you always recycle all your old electrical goods and batteries.
Customers can dispose of their used batteries in the specially designed WEEE blue boxes in any of our stores. As of the end of 2017, Aldi Ireland was the biggest grocery retailer take back point for waste batteries, collecting 52,000 kgs through our store network. Our battery collections not only have a major impact on the environment but also on charity. For every waste portable battery WEEE Ireland collected in our stores, a contribution is made to the WEEE Ireland’s charity partner, LauraLynn Ireland’s Children's Hospice.
To avail of free recycling of WEEE, a householder can go to any Civic Amenity site, certain electrical retailers, or special collection days – See map here to find your nearest recycling point.
Aldi Ireland works with FoodCloud, a not-for-profit social enterprise in Ireland with the aim of addressing the problem of food waste and food poverty. In Ireland, we generate over one million tonnes of waste annually, while one in eight people are experiencing food poverty. By partnering with FoodCloud, Aldi stores donate surplus food to charities and community organisations around the country.
The Aldi partnership with FoodCloud began as a pilot project in November 2014 operating in three Aldi stores. Due to overwhelmingly positive feedback from participating stores and charities, the trial has since been expanded and successfully rolled out to our entire store network. To date, through our partnership, Aldi has donated over 1,000,000 meals to charities through FoodCloud to some 260 local charities around Ireland. This equates to a saving of over €1.5 million for the charity partners involved.