Proposal to double Northern Ireland bag tax triggers retailer ire

Anthony Clark
PLASTICS & RUBBER WEEKLY

Published: August 23, 2013 2:23 pm ET
Updated: August 23, 2013 2:25 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Public Policy, Grocery bags

There are early indications of a significant reduction in the number of single-use carrier bags handed out in Northern Ireland as a result of a 5 pence charge for plastic bags.

Figures from several major supermarkets point towards a possible annual reduction of well in excess of 80 percent in those stores, according to a statement from the Northern Irish Assembly. This has led ministers to consider increasing the levy by as much as double.

However, Glyn Roberts, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA), has called upon the department of the environment's Mark H. Durkin to withdraw plans to increase the levy to 10 pence.

"If according to the minister this levy is so successful at 5 pence per bag then clearly there is no need to raise it to 10 pence, which will create even more expense for hard-pressed consumers," said Roberts.

"NIIRTA would urge minister Durkin to consider moving to the Welsh system where local retailers decide on what local projects the levy raised from their own store will benefit."

Under the current legislation in Northern Ireland, retailers are required to pay the net proceeds of the levy to the government.


Comments

Proposal to double Northern Ireland bag tax triggers retailer ire

Anthony Clark
PLASTICS & RUBBER WEEKLY

Published: August 23, 2013 2:23 pm ET
Updated: August 23, 2013 2:25 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Brown signs California's plastic bag ban into law

September 30, 2014 1:38 pm ET

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made it official today: plastic bags are banned across the entire state of California.    More

Image

Teens put a cap on watery ketchup

September 30, 2014 1:57 pm ET

Whether you spell it ketchup or catsup, use it on burgers or fries, or prefer Heinz or Hunt's, there is one universal problem for the ages: That...    More

Image

Toyoda Gosei pleads guilty, agrees to $26 million fine for price fixing

September 30, 2014 11:27 am ET

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $26 million fine for its alleged role in an international conspiracy to rig bids and fix ...    More

Image

Amcor planning more growth in Asia

September 30, 2014 10:24 am ET

Flexible packaging firm Amcor Ltd. is rapidly expanding its presence in the Asian market. The company's top official in the region said it will soon...    More

Image

Uflex to build large flexible packaging plant in western India

September 30, 2014 10:01 am ET

Flexible packaging company Uflex Ltd. is planning a major new plant in the western Indian state of Gujarat.    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events