DUBLIN (Reuters)- The Irish government said on Wednesday that Ireland will raise taxes on plastic shopping bags, which have been reduced by more than 90% since its launch five years ago. Before paying taxes, the sight of plastic bags floating from trees and hedges across Ireland was very common, and some said they soon became the \"flag\" of Emerald Island \". ” The levy — Will rise to 22 euro cents ($0. 29 cents) From July 1, 15 euro cents per bag. Environment Minister Dick Roche said the number of plastic bag waste decreased by 95% after people turned to reusable bags. The number of bags used by shoppers per year fell to 21 per head, compared to 328 before tax, he said. That figure climbed to 30 in 2006, prompting higher taxes. \"There has been no increase since the beginning of the tax, and I am keen to make sure that its impact will not decrease,\" Roche said . \". Ireland has raised 75 million euros since the tax was introduced in 2002 to try to reduce garbage from 1 euro. 2 billion packs per year for Irish shoppers, raising the country\'s environmental record. The tax has drawn interest from green activists and lawmakers around the world. Plastic bags produce garbage, damage marine wildlife, waste natural resources, and are rarely recycled, environmental activists say. Friends of the Earth Support the plastic bag tax, saying that the plastic bag tax is popular with consumers and helps reduce waste.