MPs call for 25p tax on disposable coffee cups

MPs call for 25p tax on disposable coffee cups

"We recognise there is growing concern about the number of single-use paper cups being used and that our customers are interested in ways we can help them reduce, reuse and recycle", said a Starbucks spokeswoman. They cite the introduction of a 5 pence charge on plastic bag in supermarkets, which cut their use by more than 83% in the first year after it was introduced in England in 2015.

Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh said: "The UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year; enough to circle the planet five and a half times".

Coffee Aroma said they have already been looking into using degradable cups.

The charge on disposable cups would be paid by consumers on top of the price of their coffee, and would be lowered as the recycling rate improves, it said.

Some coffee shops give customers discounts for bringing their own refillable cups.

A report published by the cross-party group says there is "no excuse for the reluctance we have seen from government and industry to address coffee cup waste".

Starbucks is the only coffee chain charging customers for disposable cups at and that, for now, is for a trial period. This plastic lining can not be removed by most recycling facilities.

"I am an expert in making fantastic coffee, but they (the cup manufacturers) are the ones with the knowledge and resources to be able to change". It is in effect, an end-to-end service designed system, in that the Simply Cups works directly with companies which dispose of cups, by collecting them and getting them to one of two recycling plants in the country where they can be recycled. Half a million coffee cups are littered each day in the United Kingdom, the report said.

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The lawmakers want the government to set a target that all single use coffee cups should be recycled by 2023.

Nathan says that Pearlfisher now works with James Cropper, a paper supplier that is able to separate the polythene lining of paper cups from the paper.

Buy a reusable cup, they are a quid in most coffee shops, keep one at your desk and in your auto and wash it.

A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the committee's recommendations would be carefully considered.

"We believe that more testing is required to assess the impact a charge may have on changing behaviour", Hubbub's chief executive Trewin Restorick said.

Creating the paper cups to feed the world's burgeoning coffee house culture sees some 6.5m trees felled every year.

Disposable cups can not be recycled by the normal systems because they are made from cardboard with a tightly bonded polyethylene liner, which is hard to remove, and means they are not accepted by paper mills.

The environmental audit committee's report said: "Coffee shops with recycling schemes should place a "recyclable in stores only" label on cups".

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