UK: Delay to extension of carrier bag levy in Northern Ireland

17 January 2014

The Committee for the Environment in Northern Ireland has secured a delay to the introduction of new charging arrangements for carrier bags to allow more time to communicate the changes to the public.
The Committee published its report on the Carrier Bags Bill, which will introduce the second phase of charging for carrier bags, extending the 5p levy to the cheaper versions of reusable bags in order to address concerns that these bags will become the new "throwaway" bag. This follows the first phase of charging for carrier bags, which came into effect in April 2013 and introduced a 5p charge for single-use carrier bags (Press Release Northern Ireland Assembly, 10 December 2013).
Click here for the press release.
Click here for the report (6.42 MB).

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