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Fed member Judith Mercer was recently interviewed by Ulster TV on the increased carrier bag levy that was put in place in Northern Ireland on Friday, April 1.

The levy increased from 5p to 25p, with the Stormont government stating the profits would be used to fund environmental projects.

The interview was also featured on ITV News on the same day.

During the interview, Judy said: “People are finding it hard, especially elderly people and those who are on a lower income.”

On the levy increase, she stated: “We do back it and we just think that maybe a slightly smaller increase might have been better. We try to educate our customers; I know that’s what our staff are going to be doing. We’re going to try and get [customers] to use cardboard boxes to take stuff out to their cars and just to let them know that every time they buy a bag, it could end up in landfill.”

The levy increase was introduced as a move to further protect the environment and encourage consumers to reuse their carrier bags.

In the news clip, customers were also asked about their opinion on the levy with one lady stating that they were now “too dear”.

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