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Ecological Connectivity Conservation

Tuesday 1st June
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Farm Woodland Forum 2021 annual meeting: Agroforestry in Brexit landscapes

Tuesday 8th June
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Open Local Government: Greater Belfast Workshop

Tuesday 22nd June
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We need to talk about digital…Digital Connectivity & Rural NI

Wednesday 23rd June
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Open Local Government: Greater Derry/Londonderry Workshop

Thursday 24th June
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TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast – Engineering our Sustainable Future

Thursday 24th June
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New consultation on bag levy 2 June 2021

Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has launched a consultation
on the NI Carrier Bag Levy (via DAERA)

Bags

 
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The Minister said: “Whilst the existing Carrier Bag Levy has been successful in already removing in excess of 1.5 billion bags from circulation I am aware heavy duty bags are now flooding the market, and are not being reused with harmful environmental consequences. We can and must do more. To tackle as such we are intending to review, simplify and future proof our existing carrier bag legislation.”

Minister Poots added: “My Department continues to work hard on the issue of the circular economy and has shown resolve seeking to eliminate plastic pollution and tackle the throwaway culture. With over five trillion single use plastic bags used worldwide every year and plastic waste set to quadruple by 2050 we are encouraging our citizens to act locally but think globally.” 

“This new consultation will help meet the New Decade, New Approach commitment on eliminating plastic pollution and also underpins the Green Growth framework which I am currently developing. It is also an integral  part of the range of other plastic reduction measures my Department has initiated through participation in the UK Plastics Pact, support for consultations on both a bottle deposit return scheme and the extended producer responsibility on packaging and also the roll out of policy to help reduce plastic used in our NI government estate.”

He concluded: “We have the most comprehensive Carrier Bag Levy in the UK which applies to not only plastic bags but all bags, which has already ensured that millions of pounds worth of proceeds have been reinvested in supporting the wider NI environmental sector. I would encourage stakeholders, industry and the general public to actively participate in this consultation which will run until 27 July 2021.

The consultation can be accessed here…