Carrier bag proposer welcomes introduction
Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed the introduction of the carrier bag levy of 5 pence today.
The North Antrim MLA successfully passed the Single Use Carriers Bag Act in the Assembly, which led to the scheme being introduced today.
Daithí McKay said:
"Sinn Féin made this a priority a number of years ago and successfully secured the support of the Executive after we brought legislation to the floor of the Assembly.
"It is good to see this being introduced and it is also good to see the widespread public support that there is for this initiative.
"It has been enormously successful in the rest of Ireland and I expect that it will also lead to a significant reduction in the number of carrier bags being used in the north.
"Carrier bags are littered throughout our countryside. They are unsightly and need to be tackled if we want to see cleaner neighbourhoods and build on the clean green tourism product that we want to promote."