Charge for plastic bags introduced in Northern Ireland

Money raised from the levy will fund voluntary and community groups. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A charge on plastic bags is being introduced in Northern Ireland today in a bid to drastically cut the number used.

Environment minister Alex Attwood said the five pence minimum tax per single use carrier will help tackle pollution.

The Republic of Ireland and Wales have already implemented a levy on plastic bags.

According to estimates, people in Northern Ireland currently use 250 million bags a year, 140 per person.