Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (460)

John Curran


460. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to increase the plastic bag levy; the detail of the proposed increase; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46581/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Communications)

My Department published a consultation paper on 6 November 2019 which outlines proposals with regard to environmental levies. This consultation will help inform the development of a new range of environmental levies on a phased basis over the period 2020-2025, aimed at encouraging positive environmental behavioural change and climate action. The proposals regarding the plastic bag levy are:

To increase the plastic bag levy from the current rate of 22c to 25c; and

To remove the current exemption from the plastic bag levy enjoyed by medium weight plastic bags.

True ‘bag for life’ bags will remain exempt.

The public consultation process on these proposals closes on 20 December 2019. The consultation document is available on the Department’s website at: https://dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/consultations/Pages/Public-Consultation-on-the-Proposed-Introduction-of-New-Environmental-Levies.aspx.