BagMonster: Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Puts 15p Levy on Plastic Bags

Northern IrelandIn December 2010, Northern Ireland’s Finance minster Sammy Wilson unveiled Northern Ireland Executive’s draft budget including a 15p levy on plastic bags. Sammy Wilson said that by charging shoppers 15p per bag, the government could generate £16m over the next four years towards balancing the £4bn spending cuts.

Northern Ireland’s Baglady, environmental campaigner Shirley Lewis, has welcomed the announcement.

“It is about time that the Executive woke up to the plastic bag menace so I welcome the levy if it is a serious attempt to deal with a hideous environmental problem. I suppose it is a case of better late than never, but we need to tax people’s minds on their impact on the environment and not just their pockets,” Baglady said.

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