Plastic Bag Levy

The plastic bag levy was successful in encouraging us to change our behaviour and use reusable shopping bags. Don't forget that the contiued success of the levy is largely dependent on the cooperation of all the retail sector, so if you come across a shop not charging for bags let us know so we can follow up.

Remember to bring your own reusable shopping bag when shopping, many paper bags are available in convenience stores claim to be recyclable but are more in fact a waste of resources and ultimately end up in landfill sites.

Say No to Plastic bags - Use a reusable shopping bag -

Report establishments who do not itemise the levy on your receipt.

Plastic bag levy increase Sunday 1st  July 2007

The Waste Management (Environmental Levy) (Plastic Bag) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2007 – S.I. No. 167 of 2007 have been made by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government to increase the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags.

• The Levy will increase to 22 cent on Sunday 1 July 2007.

• Retailers must carry out a stock take of certain “excepted” bags and other plastic bags in stock before the commencement of business on 1 July 2007.

• An information leaflet PB1 for retailers was issued with the Revenue Commissioners June 2007 return form ELEV1.

Further details also available on Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government website: or from Environment Department, Limerick City Council, City Hall, Merchants Quay, Limerick. Tel: 061 407190

Last update:13/06/2007