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NI launches plastic bag levy consultation

A consultation into the forthcoming single use carrier bag levy in Northern Ireland has been launched by environment minister Alex Attwood.

The consultation asks for the public’s view on key aspects of the levy, including questions on the types of bags applicable to the charge, how much the levy should be and which sellers should be required to charge.

A detailed framework for the implementation of the levy will be determined by legislation, which will be considered by the Northern Ireland Assembly next year. The levy will come into force in April 2013.

According to the Northern Ireland department of environment, over 200 million carrier bags are used in Northern Ireland each year.

Attwood said: “The aim of this charge is to both reduce bag usage and at the same time raise revenue that would be used to provide funding for the environment and other Government priorities. This is a green initiative. It can symbolise a change of attitude, a change in culture, a change for the better.”

The consultation runs from 20 July until 12 October 2011.

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