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Call for plastic bag levy in the North – Sinn Féin

4 November, 2008 - by Cathal Boylan

Call for plastic bag levy in the North - Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA and the party's environment spokesperson Daithí McKay along with Newry and Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan today brought forward a motion before the Assembly calling in principle for a plastic bag levy in the Six Counties.

Speaking after the motion was carried MrKay said,

"The acceptance of today's motion indicates very clearly that the Assembly is continuing to take environmental issues seriously, even if the current Minister is not.

"Plastic bags and excess packaging is not just bad for the environment, it's bad for your pocket and studies carried out last year established that excess packaging costs the average family here £470 per year.

"Evidence shows that the levy in the South has resulted in a fall in plastic bag litter of over 95%. Those who do not recognise this as a success story are kidding themselves.

"Since coming to office Sammy Wilson has spent more time acting like the Minister of Embarrasment than Minister for Environment.

"I am delighted that the motion was carried and hope that we will now start to see some action from the Minister on this issue." CRÍOCH

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