Localisation: Ireland

Population: 4,581,269 (2011)


Irish levy on plastic bags

Action leader(s)

Irish Government


The Irish plastic bag levy was introduced in March 2002 under the Waste Management Regulations 2001 (15 cent per bag, increased to 22 cent in 2007). The Irish Government’s intention was to set a rate of tax which would act to change consumer behaviour, i.e. discourage the use of single-use plastic bags