Sunday, 23 September, 2018

UK Legislators Propose 'Latte Levy' on Paper Coffee Cups

Latte levy: Coffee cups could be banned by 2023 MPs call for 25p 'latte levy' on coffee cups: Committee says charge could raise £438m and reduce use of the throwaway mugs by 30%
Scott Davis | 08 January, 2018, 03:56

Within the first year of charging for bags, usage decreased by 83 percent in the UK.

"The UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year; enough to circle the planet five and a half times".

Further sicking up then "one the go" theme, CIWM CEO Dr Colin Church added:"This EAC report provides a useful summary of the challenges we face in developing a more sustainable approach to both disposable coffee cups and, by extension, single-use "on the go" food contact packaging as a whole".

In response, Starbucks said it already offers a 25 pence discount to drinkers who use a recyclable cup - now just 1.8% of its customers in the United Kingdom.

"Consumers don't think about the fact that we have to get rid of the packaging". "To understand how better this could work we are delighted to announce a partnership with Starbucks that will trial and promote a 5p cup charge in 20 - 25 central London stores".

The MP behind proposals for a 25p "latte levy" has called on coffee drinkers to take action against big corporations failing to tackle the environmental damage caused by disposable cups.

They said the disposable cups that majority used actually had a "shockingly low recycling rate" - less than 1 per cent.

"If more people used reusable coffee cups there would be less waste, which would reduce the burden on local authorities".




A typical coffee cup is made from cardboard with a thin plastic lining.

However, MPs said that while the efforts were "well meaning", they were also "inconsistent and need targets" to be imposed by the government, highlighting the fact only two of the major coffee chains agreed to give evidence was troubling. Since litter encourages more littering, this creates a vicious cycle.

They recommend he Government sets a target that all single use coffee cups should be recycled by 2023.

A report by the parliamentary environmental audit committee says the tax should be used to improve the UK's recycling and reprocessing facilities.

The multi-layer material prevents the cup being recycled in exclusively paper or plastics recycling streams.

Last night chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - whose BBC show Hugh's War on Waste first drew attention to the paper cup problem - said the report showed "the United Kingdom has finally woken up and smelled the coffee cup nightmare". Coffee cup producers and distributors have not taken action to rectify this and government has sat on its hands.

Mr Palmer-Jones said: "For any so-called latte tax to be more than just a light and frothy foam nod to reform, we need to wake up and smell the real coffee needed for a lasting brew". According to a Reuters report, a spokesman from the the British environment ministry said the ministry plans to "carefully consider the committee's recommendations and respond shortly".

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