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

Government urged to introduce 25p

The government should also set a target to recycle all disposable coffee cups by 2023, and ban the cups if it fails to meet the goal, the panel said.

A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee suggests a levy of 25p a cup, with the money being used to improve recycling and reprocessing facilities here in the UK.

Mary Creagh, chairwoman of the parliamentary group, said it was time for a "revolution" in recycling.

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

"Coffee shops have been pulling the wool over customers" eyes, telling us their cups can be recycled when less than one per cent are'.

Starbucks said it has offered discounts for using re-usable cups since 1998, starting at 10p and rising to 50p for a few months in 2016.

Green Party lawmaker and EAC committee member Caroline Lucas told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the reforms were "long overdue" and hoped that they would change behaviour.

The government agrees plastic waste is a problem and will seek evidence on a tax on single-use plastics.

The EAC said it had learnt from this example that consumers were often more responsive to charges than discounts.

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

In the trial, "we will be exploring the impact that a cup charge may have in changing behaviour in addition to the measures we, and the whole industry, are taking on cup recycling", Starbucks said. The trial will take place across 20 to 25 London stores and marks the first time a major coffee retailer has charged customers extra for a cup. "We're calling for clearer labelling so people can make informed choices about their use and disposal of coffee cups". Coffee shops have been sending out mixed messages for years, emphasising that their cups are "recyclable" and staying silent on the fact they are not actually recycled.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said the 5p plastic bag charge is proof that "these levies work".

Mike Turner, of the Paper Cup Alliance, said paper cups were the most sustainable and safe solution for drinks on the go.

The report says disposable coffee cups are "made from paper and lined with plastic" which renders them waterproof.

Cropper takes cups collected by coffee retailers instore recycling bins, removes the plastic and turns them into luxury paper and packaging products. "We are committed to increasing recycling rates", he said.

From this, the Committee found that consumers are more likely to respond to a charge than a discount, as shown by the plastic bag charge, which reduced plastic bag use by over 83%.

Starbucks also began trialling a fully-recyclable coffee cup, invented by the entrepreneur and engineer Martin Myerscough, in some of its United Kingdom branches in June past year.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) said it welcomed Friday's recommendations from the Environmental Audit Committee. Companies across the industry have been working to address this barrier and increase cup recycling.

Britain produces 30,000 tonnes of coffee cup waste each year.

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