Retailer/Distributor Information

A distributor is the person who provides the item on a commercial basis to a person who is going to use it (e.g. the end-user). A distributor is often a retailer. Distributors include online retailers, also known as distance sellers.  

Producers, distributors and consumers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) all have a role to play in the environmentally sound management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). If you are a retailer of EEE and/or batteries there are certain steps you must take in order to be compliant with the regulations.

Summary of retailer obligations for EEE and batteries:

 
Retailer obligation WEEE Batteries 
Who is obliged?

Any retailer selling EEE, including supermarkets, petrol stations, corner shops and electrical stores.

A retailer who sells batteries; portable automotive or industrial.

Also retailers selling EEE with a battery incorporated into or accompanying the product is also a battery retailer (e.g. computers, toys and watched etc.)

 

Registration with local authority or approved compliance scheme. Yes - required. Yes - required but not if retailer only sells portable batteries (AA, AAA, Cell C, Cell D etc.)
Distribute from registered producer supply chain. Yes - check invoices issued from supplier or check out producer listing at: Producer Register Limited Yes - check invoices issued from supplier or check out producer listing at: Producer Register Limited
Display visible environmental management costs (vEMCs), where applicable. Yes - Retailers should display applicable vEMCs (effective since 2014). No - not applicable.
Take back Yes - retailers must provide take back of WEEE from private householders free of charge. Take-back is on a one-for-one basis and the appliance being returned must be of similar type or have performed the same function as the new item purchased. Yes - retailers are required to take back waste batteries from members of the public free of charge. Take-back is on a one for zero basis, (no purchase necessary), however a retailer is not obligated to take back waste batteries that are leaking.
Notices Yes – retailers must display relevant notices. Yes – retailers must display relevant notices.
Consumer Information Yes - this obligation can be met by providing the information in the instructions for use or on a leaflet provided at the point of sale.  Yes- this obligation can be met by providing the information in the instructions for use or on a leaflet provided at the point of sale.  vEMCs do not apply to batteries.
Storage, transport and disposal Yes - retailers are obliged to ensure that WEEE is disposed-of, stored and transported as required by the Regulations. Yes - retailers are obliged to ensure that batteries are disposed-of, stored and transported as required by the Regulations.

Useful links

Check out Information Pack for Retailers of EEE and batteries.

Check out the compliance guidance leaflet for retailers of EEE and batteries.

Download the Information pack for internet sellers.

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