Northern Ireland Reduces Carrier Bag Usage by 72%

Northern Ireland, Aug. 27, 2014 – The Department of the Environment of Northern Ireland today published the first set of Carrier Bag Levy statistics. The figures show a marked decrease of almost 72%, which equates to a reduction of around 215 million bags. Mark H Durkan, speaking during a visit to Gormley’s Centra, Claudy, said: […]

European Parliament Supports Carrier Bag Reduction

European Parliament Supports Carrier Bag Reduction

Berlin, April 16, 2014 – Today, the European Parliament adopted a report to demonstrate its support for decisive action to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags in Europe. The Parliament’s report exempts very lightweight plastic carrier bags (below 10 micron thickness) from the scope of any measures. The report further requires their replacement […]

Northern Ireland Places Levy On Single-Use Carrier Bags

Northern Ireland Places Levy On Single-Use Carrier Bags

January 30, 2012 – Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood announced today that a levy will be placed on single-use carrier bags starting in April, 2013. The initial levy will be five pence, increasing to ten pence in April, 2014. Northern Ireland uses approximately 250 million carrier bags each year.(1) The levy is expected to […]

Wales To Levy 5p Charge On Carrier Bags

Wales To Levy 5p Charge On Carrier Bags

Starting October 1st, Wales will become the first country in the United Kingdom to levy a charge on single-use carrier bags. The charge is part of Wales’ efforts to dramatically reduce the number of carrier bags provided to shoppers. According to Environment Minister Jane Davidson, each household used an average of 273 carrier bags just […]