Distance Sellers

A distance seller is any person or organisation that sells Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and/or batteries by means of electronic communication, voice telephony services including telesales and telemarketing or non-electronic direct marketing services including mail-order. A distance seller, whether or not based in Ireland, supplying directly into Ireland will have producer obligations under the regulations, unless the company is sourcing EEE and batteries through a registered supply chain. Often, distance sellers will also be supplying EEE and/or batteries directly to a household end user, in which case they will have distributor obligations also.

As a producer, the main obligations are as follows:

As a distributor (retailer) operating by distance selling, the main obligations are as follows:

  • Operate free take-back of WEEE and waste batteries.
  • Nominate an address in Ireland, where WEEE/ batteries can be deposited, if no business premises exist in Ireland.
  • Register any premises in Ireland with the local authority or with either compliance scheme WEEE Ireland or ERP Ireland.
  • Display specific text relating to take-back of WEEE and/or spent batteries on your website, catalogue, etc.
  • Display any relevant visible Environmental Management Cost where the price of EEE is shown, where applicable. See current Category Listings at Producer Register Limited.


Useful links

Download the Information pack for internet sellers.

Check out Information Pack for Retailers of EEE and batteries.

Check out the WEEE and Battery Regulations in Ireland - Who does what?