The Carrickfergus Councillor stated: “This is a great idea and I hope it will encourage people to become more environmentally friendly.
“Alliance has long campaigned for people to cut down their plastic bag usage and we have demanded that a bag levy be introduced by government to help protect the environment.
“It is great to see that shops are now introducing new ways of helping people go green. I hope that this scheme has an impact across Northern Ireland. Now government must meet people half way and introduce a plastic bag levy to ensure that everything possible is done to help the environment.
“When a levy on plastic bags was implemented in the Republic of Ireland, it reduced plastic bag usage by 90% and provided over £93 million for environmental schemes. These statistics illustrate that the introduction of this legislation in Northern Ireland would have an extremely positive effect on the environment.”