Northern Ireland Bring in Plastic Bag Tax

Recycling Polythene Bags Since 2002, the Republic of Ireland has been charging a tax on plastic bags. Faded plastic bags still litter the river Dodder in South Dublin and as these bags are not bio-degradable, it is highly likely that they pre-date the 2002 levy but with current figures suggesting a 20-fold decrease in the impact of plastic bag litter on the country, clearly the tax is working. An estimated 1.3 billion plastic bags were given away before the levy of 9p per bag was introduced. The charge goes towards establishing an Office for Environmental Enforcement for the disposal of… Read more