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The Fed has created a range of posters to aid retailers in Northern Ireland as they prepare for the carrier bag levy to increase from 5p to 25p on April 1.

Posters depicting the levy increase to 25p can be downloaded below.

It is hoped that these will ease the transition and save retailers from having to explain the increase each time they have a transaction.

The increase to the carrier bag levy was announced by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in a move to further protect the environment and encourage consumers to reuse their carrier bags.

However, there are some situations where the levy does not apply, such as bags that:

  • contain take-away hot food and hot drinks
  •  only contain items such as unpackaged food, seeds and bulbs, axes, knives or razor blades, goods contaminated by soil and some medicinal products
  •  are used when you buy a service, such as shoe repair or laundry
  •  are of certain sizes and used only to contain packaged uncooked meat or fish
  •  are certain types of small bags
  •  are specialist bags, such as mail order and courier bags
  •  are supplied for free to replace worn out ‘bags for life’
  •  are carrier bags with a retail price of 20p or more

Download posters here (Colour and black and white available)











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