Should coffee customers be charged 25p for disposable cups?

Should coffee customers be charged 25p for disposable cups?

Starbucks has pledged it will roll out a three-month trial of a 5p charge on disposable cups in up to 25 London stores.

The latte levy was proposed in a new report authored by the Environmental Audit Committee, which revealed that many coffee consumers "mistakenly think that disposable cups are widely recycled". "We agree with the committee that if complete recycling of coffee cups isn't reached by 2023, then there should be an outright ban on providing them - and that date should be set in stone". MCS's Beachwatch litter-surveying campaign has seen a reported 93 per cent increase in coffee cups found on United Kingdom beaches over the past five years.

The programme included a move this month to make all ACE UK bring banks accept paper cups for recycling, delivering an additional 415 recycling points located in 105 local authorities across the UK.

"The UK's coffee shop market is expanding rapidly, so we need to kick-start a revolution in recycling", Committee Chairwoman Mary Creagh said in a statement.

The UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year.

The MPs say the charge would lead to 750 million fewer disposable cups being discarded as litter, incinerated or sent to landfill, and would generate £438m.

Takeaway beverage chains including Caffè Nero, Costa Coffee, McDonald's, Pret A Manger and Starbucks have signed up to a scheme to collect and recycle more of the current types of cup. "We're calling for clearer labelling so people can make informed choices about their use and disposal of coffee cups".

It added: "We recommend that the Government sets a target that all single use coffee cups disposed of in recycling bins should be recycled by 2023". It was the EAC's recommendations of banning microbeads that bolstered government into doing so (the full ban comes into effect this coming July).

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

The Committee added that the money raised will be used to improve the UK's recycling "binfrastructure" and reprocessing facilities.

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.

This week, Pret doubled the discount offered to customers who bring in a reusable coffee cup from 25p to 50p.

The consultancy, which is a charity, will use the funds to run a behaviour change study, helping Starbucks to understand how the public can be encouraged to choose reusable drink containers.

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

In his Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond described plastic waste as a "scourge" and announced that he and Environment Secretary Michael Gove would investigate a single-use plastic tax to reduce waste.

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

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