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Government urged to introduce 25p "latte levy" on coffee cups from MPs

Government urged to introduce 25p

The Commons environmental audit committee said the industry should be given five years to make the cups easy to recycle or face an outright ban.

"We urge the government to ensure that if any potential tax is considered, that it is ring-fenced and used specifically to invest in new "binfrastructure" and to improve recycling processes with local authorities that make it easier to separate and stream paper cups and other waste products".

In the United Kingdom 2.5bn takeaway coffee cups are used and thrown away each year - enough to stretch around the world five-and-a-half-times.

"Almost none are recycled and half a million a day are littered".

Now the United Kingdom goes through 500,000 coffee cups a day, most of which are not recycled - and can't be thanks to the mix of materials that makes them sturdy and waterproof.

A Westminster committee is calling on the government to introduce a 25p tax on disposable coffee cups - and for all coffee cups to be recycled by 2023.

In addition, the committee also has suggested that the government should set up a producer responsibility compliance fee structure that rewards packaging design which facilitates recycling and puts a fine on packaging, which is hard to recycle.

The last decade has brought about an explosion in the United Kingdom café culture, as the traditional English cup of tea has succumbed to its roasted rival, with the milky latte taking top spot as the nation's most popular takeaway hot drink, served in paper cups laminated with a plastic sheeting, which waterproof the containers and stop hot drinks leaking onto customer's hands.

A coffee cup recycling point is displayed in the City of London.

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He said he had tried, but failed, to source easily recyclable cups.

A more focused target has thus been recommended: all single-use coffee cups placed in recycling bins to be recycled by 2023.

"Taxing the morning coffee run will not address the issue of litter, but it will hurt consumers and impact already struggling High Streets".

"Coffee shops have been pulling the wool over customers' eyes, telling us their cups can be recycled, when less than 1 percent are", Ms. Creagh said regarding the confusion that coffee chains have created about coffee cups being eligible for recycling.

Mary Creagh MP added: "Most people are shocked and dismayed to hear that coffee cups are not recycled".

Its environment spokesman, Martin Tett, said: "We have long called for industry to step up and show more responsibility in tackling this issue". "Those without in-store recycling should print their cups with a not widely recyclable label".

On Friday the environment ministry said the government was working closely with the sector and had made progress in increasing recycling rates.

"The environmental audit committee has recognised that the huge mountain of disposable coffee cups is effectively unrecylable, and is overwhelming and disrupting the nation's waste disposal systems".


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