Organisations Respond To The EAC's Calls For A "Latte Levy"

Organisations Respond To The EAC's Calls For A

Organisations Respond To The EAC's Calls For A "Latte Levy"

MPs are calling for a 25p "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups - and a total ban unless recycling improves.

According to EAC, 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away annually in the United Kingdom, with nearly none being recycled and half a million per day being littered.

The rest are incinerated or buried in landfill sites because they have an inner-lining made of plastic which paper mills struggle to remove.

If implemented, the "latte levy" will mean that when you buy a cup of your preferred hot beverage - it will cost 25p more if you get it in a takeaway cup.

And, the committee also stated that the tax should go towards improving recycling and reprocessing facilities.

David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ recycling and recovery United Kingdom said: "Taxes on takeaway coffee cups may provide a helpful nudge to consumers to abandon a throw-away culture, but for lasting change, proposals like these need to be part of wider, joined-up reform that shifts the burden of responsibility for all forms of packaging content, recyclability and ultimately their collection, back to the producer".

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.

The committee's report states: 'There is no excuse for the reluctance we have seen from Government and industry to address coffee cup waste. It's also been suggested that the cups be phased out, with a full ban by 2023.

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The sandwich chain Pret A Manger said last month that it will increase its discount for bringing a reusable cup from 25 pence to 50 pence from January 2018.

However, the London trial, which will run for three months starting in February, is an important first step by the U.S. chain - and the proposals are a victory for the Daily Mail's Curb the Cups campaign.

Some coffee shop chains - Starbucks and Costa - had shown initiative in introducing on-site recycling bins for cups, which they then sent to one of three specialist recycling facilities.

A 5p charge on coffee cups was first proposed by the Liberal Democrats after it emerged previous year that only one in 400 was being recycled.

PCCRG is a voluntary body focused on increasing the recovery and recycling of paper cups.

However, due to their plastic lining, customers who put them in the recyclable waste effectively contaminate it.

Some coffee shops in Britain already provide discounts to customers who bring their own cups. "Those without in-store recycling should print cups with a 'not widely recycled" label'. "No packaging type is totally recycled and a ban on paper cups would hit manufacturing jobs and damage a growing service industry which makes a major contribution to UK Plc", said Mike Turner, Speaking on behalf of the Alliance. Within a year, England's use of plastic bags had declined by 85 per cent.

Numerous cups are printed with the three-arrow triangular "Mobius loop" symbol that eight out of ten people think means they can be put in the recycling.

This was welcomed by the committee, which heard evidence during the inquiry that consumer confusion around coffee cups is contributing to poor recycling rates.

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