Plastic bag levy in Northern Ireland will rise to 10p in 2014

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 31 January 2012

Plastic bag levy in Northern Ireland will rise to 10p in 2014 5p levy set for introduction in April 2013 Northern Irish Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, has announced the introduction of a plastic bag levy in 2013.

MCS is delighted that Northern Ireland has taken the decision to charge for single use bags

Dr Sue Kinsey,
Litter Policy Officer,
MCS

Plastic bag levy in Northern Ireland will rise to 10p in 2014 5p levy set for introduction in April 2013 Northern Irish Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, has announced the introduction of a plastic bag levy in 2013. Wales already charges a levy for single use carrier bags but so far there has been no commitment from the coalition in Westminster, although the Scottish Government has indicated that it is planning a consultation on the issue. It’s estimated that 200 million plastic bags are used in Northern Ireland, annually. The Irish Republic have been charging for plastic bags since 2002 and the current purchase price is 22 cents per bag. MCS was instrumental in getting a single use carrier bag levy introduced in Wales last September and we are now urging David Cameron and his Government to launch a consultation on the issue in England. MCS Litter Policy Officer, Dr Sue Kinsey, says “All the indications from the Republic of Ireland and Wales are that these schemes have had great success in reducing the pollution associated with plastic bags, with the hedgerows and seas being much cleaner. We believe that Scotland is the process of going to consultation on this issue so it seems somewhat strange that England, through Defra, does not seem to be even contemplating such a move. We would urge the UK government - which had hopes of being the ‘Greenest Ever ’ to follow the devolved administrations and act to get rid of such ubiquitous, harmful and unnecessary items, thousands of which end up in our seas every year and are eaten by turtles , whales and other sea creatures often with devastating consequences.” You can have your say on the levy on plastic bags via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/mcsuk Tell us how it’s working in Wales? How you think it will work in Northern Ireland? Would you like to see the same moves in England and Scotland. You can also tweet us www.twitter.com/mcsuk

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