Northern Ireland carrier bag levy statistics

The Northern Ireland carrier bag levy statistics are updated annually.

What are carrier bag levy statistics?

The purpose of this publication is to report on the number of carrier bags dispensed each financial year under the carrier bag levy in Northern Ireland.

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 were made on 15 January 2013 and came into operation on 8 April 2013. From that date, all sellers of goods in Northern Ireland had to charge their customers at least 5 pence (“the levy”) for each single use carrier bag supplied new. From 19 January 2015, the levy was extended to all carrier bags with a retail price of less than 20 pence, whether they are considered single use or reusable.


Next update

This report will be updated annually.

The Department intends to publish 2021/22 figures in August 2022.

The scheduled dates for all upcoming publications are available from the GOV.UK statistics release calendar.

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Responsible statistician: Conor McCormack

Tel: +44 (0)28 9052 5450


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