The Carrier Bag Levy

Introduction

Guide

From 1 April 2022, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) increased the Carrier Bag Levy to 25 pence for all bags priced at £5 or less.

Prior to 1 April 2022, the levy charge was 5 pence and applied to all carrier bags priced at less than 20 pence. 

Read more on the Carrier Bag Levy increase.

In Northern Ireland, retailers are required to charge a levy for all new carrier bags. The main aim is to protect the environment by cutting the number of carrier bags used and encouraging customers to bring and reuse their bags. Reusing carrier bags saves natural resources and reduces the need for landfill.

As paper bags and other alternatives to plastic bags can be damaging to the environment, the Carrier Bag Levy applies to all carrier bags - not only plastic bags. See charging for carrier bags.

The levy charge for carrier bags applies in most retail transactions, with some exceptions. It is important for your business to be aware when charges apply, to inform your customers, and to register with DAERA if you need to pay the levy.

This guide will help you and your customers to understand the requirements.

  • The Carrier Bag Levy Team
    028 7744 2056