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Plastic Bag Charge Confirmed For Northern Ireland

Published on Feb 1 2012 6:00 PM in Retail

Plastic Bag Charge Confirmed For Northern Ireland

A new charge for carrier bags will be imposed on retailers in Northern Ireland in 2013. The new tax was confirmed by legislators in the province recently. There will be a 5p charge for single-use carrier bag, increasing to 10p a bag in 2014. Multiple-use bags will be charged at 10p a bag.

“We are in favour of reducing the amount of carrier bag waste across the UK to help the environment, but there are already a number of local shops in Northern Ireland who have introduced voluntary charging and incentive schemes to achieve this outcome,” said James Lowman of the Association of Convenience Stores.

“This unnecessary tax on consumers threatens to alienate communities who shop locally on a regular basis and places more regulatory burdens on hard working retailers who are already stretched to the limit. (1 Feb)

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