Plastic bag levy from 2013 30 January 2012
A plastic bag levy will come into force in Northern Ireland from April 2013. The levy, which applies to single use bags, will introduce a 5 pence charge, which will rise to 10 pence in April 2014.
There would be no charge for multi–use bags in 2013 – but they will cost 10 pence from 2014.
The minister said 10 civil service jobs would be relocated to Londonderry to administer the levy.
Authorities in the Republic of Ireland estimate that, following the introduction of the charge there, consumption of plastic bags fell by 90% from initial consumption on 1.2 billion bags per year or around 328 per person. The charge has also raised over 173 million euros for the exchequer in the Republic.
Approximately 200 million bags are currently used in Northern Ireland every year.
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