Previously we have discussed the possibility of ‘latte levy’ being introduced to coffee chains throughout the UK, a proposition made late last year by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). The ‘latte levy’ tax was to reduce the number of disposable coffee cups being sent to landfill every day, that is contributing to our nation’s current plastic crisis. The 25p tax on the 7 million disposable coffee cups the UK use every day had hoped to spread awareness of the effects of the product on our environment. The EAC also called for all coffee cups to be recycled by 2023, and if not met the government should ban all disposable coffee cups used in cafes and restaurants. The government have stated they will not be introducing a ‘latte levy’ charge to disposable coffee cups, instead providing discounts for customers bringing reusable cups.
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Chair of the Environment Audit Committee Mary Creagh MP explained, “The UK’s throwaway culture is having a devastating impact on our streets, beaches and seas. Our report recommended practical solutions to the disposable packaging crisis. The government's response shows that despite warm words they plan no real action.”
Mary Creagh concluded "Evidence shows that while 90% of people put their coffee cup in recycling bins, only 0.25% are recycled due to inadequate infrastructure. The government’s anti-littering labelling proposal completely misses the point.” By giving discounts for customers with reusable cups it should encourage UK residents to change their behaviour regarding recycling.
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