Carrier bag levy
Since the carrier bag levy was introduced in April 2013, retailers in Northern Ireland must charge at least 5p for new single use carrier bags.
Prior to the introduction of the levy, we used over 300 million carrier bags every year. The aim of the levy is to protect the environment by cutting the number of carrier bags we use.
Provisional results for the period 8 April to 30 June 2013 indicate a very substantial reduction in the number of single use bags dispensed. 18 million single use bags were distributed by retailers during the period.
The Department has allocated £1million of funding from the levy to the Community Challenge Fund to deliver local projects to improve the environment.