Northern Ireland delays second phase of bag tax

PRW

Published: December 13, 2013 11:13 am ET
Updated: December 13, 2013 11:15 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Public Policy, Europe

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for the Environment 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 has published its report on the Carrier Bags Bill, which will introduce the second phase of charging for carrier bags, extending the 5-pence 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 5 pence charge for single-use carrier bags.

Committee chair, Anna Lo, said: “We all know the problems that plastic bags can cause for the environment. They often end up as unsightly litter or landfill, or find their way into the sea and waterways, causing harm to wildlife.

“The committee is therefore pleased that initial evidence suggests that the first phase of carrier bag charging has led to a significant decrease in the number of plastic bags in circulation.”

Committee members were, however, concerned that the proposed implementation date for the second phase of charging — April 2014 — was too soon. They felt that it did not give enough time to prepare the public for these new charging arrangements.

“We welcome the delay of further charges until at least January 2015,” said Lo. “We hope that this later implementation date will give time to deliver a clear communications strategy to the public. The last thing we want is for shoppers to be confused: they need clear, straightforward information on exactly which types of bags will be subject to the levy and what they will cost at the checkout.”


Comments

Northern Ireland delays second phase of bag tax

PRW

Published: December 13, 2013 11:13 am ET
Updated: December 13, 2013 11:15 am 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

New Hexcel plant will supply carbon fiber for Airbus A350 XWB

September 30, 2014 2:43 pm ET

Hexcel Corp. is investing $250 million on a new carbon fiber plant in France, with part of the production going into the future Airbus SAS A350 XWB.    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

RJG buys UK training group G&A

September 30, 2014 11:10 am ET

G&A Moulding Technology Ltd., a United Kingdom-based training and consultancy group, has been bought by RJG Inc., the U.S.-based training business.    More

Image

Audacious vandal stuns Taipei Plas

September 29, 2014 4:59 pm ET

Melodrama erupted at the traditionally tranquil Taipei Plas trade show on Sept. 28 when a mysterious intruder flung red paint at the Baumüller Automat...    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