United Kingdom proposes 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups

United Kingdom proposes 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups

The proposal mimics a plastic bag levy introduced in England in 2015, which has seen the number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers plummet by more than 85 percent.

Mary Creagh, the chair of House of Commons' environment committee, said the British government had "sat on its hands" over the tide of takeaway drinks cups, with half a million littered every day: "We urge the government to introduce a 25p charge on disposable cups". If this target is not achieved, the government should ban disposable coffee cups, they say.

MPs think adding an extra 25p on to the price of a disposable cup might make people think twice.

We heard that large coffee retailers offer a 25p discount if customers bring their own cups, but awareness and uptake is very low (around 1%).

"The UK has woken up and smelled the coffee cup nightmare", celebrity chef and environmental campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, said in a statement welcoming the report.

Now the Environmental Audit Committee's plan to bring in a tax on disposable coffee cups is in the proposal stage.

Hardly any of the more than 2 billion cups that get thrown away each year are recyclable, the committee found. "I am an expert in making fantastic coffee, but they [the cup manufacturers] are the ones with the knowledge and resources to be able to change".

A group of British MPs is calling for tougher action on disposable coffee cups. Half a million coffee cups are littered each day in the United Kingdom, the report said.

The politicians have set a target that all disposable coffee cups should be recycled by 2023.

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A report by the parliamentary environmental audit committee says the tax should be used to improve the UK's recycling and reprocessing facilities. Spokesman Mike Turner said: 'The paper cups we manufacture in the United Kingdom are sustainably sourced, responsibly produced, recyclable and. are being recycled.

Creagh said coffee shops have been "pulling the wool" over customers' eyes by saying their cups are recyclable.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President at Veolia UK & Ireland, highlighted the progress it had already made in pioneering coffee cup recycling, working in partnership with Costa, Starbucks and McDonald's.

There is no United Kingdom or European market for contaminated paper food packaging, says the Environmental Audit Committee.

The paper cup industry warned a tax would hurt coffee chains, and said the government should instead focus on providing more recycling points.

Coffee cups are used for a matter of moments, but will pollute our planet for centuries to come.

The UK generates 30,000 tonnes of coffee cup waste a year - enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall.

"With all the will in the world we can't make that change and we wish we could".

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