Plastic bag use down 72%
PLASTIC bag use in Northern Ireland has fallen by almost three quarters since a 5p tax was introduced last year - but shops are missing out on impulse buys as a
The Department of the Environment (DoE) has revealed that around 215 million fewer bags were used last year with £4.1 million raised through the levy for environmental spending.
It was the first set of official figures since charging for single-use carrier bags began in April last year.
Environment minister Mark H Durkan said: "The response from shoppers has been very positive and retailers have also risen to the challenge.
"The result has been a very significant reduction in single-use carrier bags," he said.
The total decreased by almost 72 per cent according to the DoE.