MPs call for 25p 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups

by Abel Hampton January 5, 2018, 12:11
MPs call for 25p 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has urged the Government to launch a 25p "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups and for all the cups to be recycled by 2023.

The MPs say that all of these cups should be recycled by 2023 - or the Government should step in and ban them.

The Environmental Audit Committee believes that all disposable coffee cups should be recycled by 2023.

The 25 pence charge would go towards improving Britain's recycling and reprocessing facilities, the report said.

In Gosport, coffee cup firm Huhtamaki - which manufactures coffee cups for Starbucks - is aiming to introduce disposal points for coffee cups in the town, working alongside Gosport Borough Council.

The government has agreed that plastic waste is a problem, and has promised to look into a tax on single-use plastics, and plans to reveal a new policy later this year.

The government now follows targets set by the EU Waste Directive for recycling paper and plastic, but none refers specifically to the mixed-material cups; moreover, there are no confirmed targets in place for once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Buy a reusable glass coffee cup here. "Legislation needs to set a date after which the continued production of unrecyclable coffee cups is banned by law".

"Coffee shops have been pulling the wool over customers" eyes, telling us their cups can be recycled when less than one per cent are'. "Only by treating this issue as one that is the responsibility of both industry and consumers will reuse become the norm in place of single-use and throw away".

The report sheds light on the UK's growing love affair with coffee, and the resultant impact on coffee cup use.

Instead coffee chains perpetuated customer confusion that cups are widely recyclable when they are not. A lack of so-called "binfrastructure" in consumer hubs like train stations and shopping centres means that coffee cups, generally used on-the-go, do not easily find their way into dedicated recycling bins.

"Most people are shocked and dismayed to hear that coffee cups are not recycled".

"The paper cups we manufacture in the United Kingdom are sustainably sourced, responsibly produced, recyclable and, through a number of facilities, are being recycled".

British coffee drinkers get through 10,000 disposable cups every two minutes - more than seven million a day, or 2.5 billion a year.

Mary Creagh MP, chair of the committee, says the UK's coffee shop industry is "expanding rapidly", so it's necessary to take action now to kickstart a "revolution" in cup recycling.

Additionally, it said that producers needed to pay more for packaging that proved hard to recycle, and that labeling needed to be improved so that consumers knew how to properly dispose of their cups.

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