Ballymena shoppers will face another tax when they go to the tills in the New Year.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan says that the 5p levy on carrier bags will be extended to all bags priced less than 20p from 19 January 2014.
The Minister said: “We have an existing 5p levy on single use bags to prevent waste. That’s working. However, the evidence shows that sales of cheap re-usable bags have increased significantly. So we need to put a levy on them as well in order to further reduce waste. From 19 January. A 5p levy will go on any bags priced less than 20p.”