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Environment Committee supports Plastic Bag Levy Bill

2 July, 2009

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed the Environment Committee’s decision to support his proposal to move forward with a Private Members Bill to introduce a Plastic Bag Levy.

Mr McKay said

“I would like to welcome the Environment Committee’s decision to support my proposal to bring forward legislation that would see the introduction of a Plastic Bag Levy in the north.

“I intend to bring this Bill to the floor of the Assembly later this year and consult with the general public.

“Plastic bags are an eyesore on our landscape and in the north there are an estimated 1 billion bags a year in use at any one time.

“If we don’t tackle excess waste like plastic bags in our wastestream we will have to pay hefty European fines in the next few years. Already retailers spend £80million per year on providing plastic bags to customers so there are clearly economic and environmental benefits to a plastic bag levy.” ENDS

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