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Carrier Bags Act (Northern Ireland) 2014

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9.—(1) The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (“the 2013 Regulations”) are amended as follows.

(2) For regulation 3 substitute—

Meaning of “carrier bag”

3  In these Regulations “carrier bag” means a bag of any material supplied or designed for the purpose of enabling goods to be taken away or delivered..

(3) Except in regulation 1(1) (citation) and regulation 3 (meaning of “single use carrier bag”)—

(a)for “single use carrier bag” (whenever occurring) substitute “carrier bag”;

(b)for “single use carrier bags” (whenever occurring) substitute “carrier bags”.

(4) In regulation 6, for the words from “for the purpose” to the end substitute “at a place where goods are sold”.

(5) In paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 (exemptions)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (1), after head (k) add—

(l)bags which are sold to customers for a price of not less than 20 pence each;

(m)multiple reuse plastic bags that are issued as free replacements for a corresponding number of worn out multiple reuse plastic bags.;

(b)in sub-paragraph (3), after the definition of “medicinal product” insert—

“multiple reuse plastic bags” means bags which—

(a)

are made wholly or mainly from plastic;

(b)

have either maximum dimensions of 404 mm (both width and height) or a maximum dimension of 439 mm (either width or height);

(c)

are manufactured from material which is greater than 49 microns in thickness;

(d)

are purchased by the customer; and

(e)

when worn out are returnable to the seller from whom they were purchased to be replaced free of charge;.

(6) This section comes into operation on 19th January 2015.

(7) Nothing in this section affects any power to amend or revoke the 2013 Regulations.

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