The Environmental Audit Committee have released a report recommending that a 25p charge is added to hot drinks served in disposable takeaway cups.
Here is what Hugh has to say about it:
"The UK has woken up and smelled the coffee cup nightmare - and now there’s no way this horrendous and avoidable problem can be put back to sleep. The Environmental Audit Committee has recognised that the huge mountain of disposable coffee cups is effectively unrecylable, and is overwhelming and disrupting the nation’s waste disposal systems, ultimately polluting our rivers and seas, and needs urgent action. I welcome their recommendation of a 25p charge on all disposable coffee cups - it will show the Government means business and will focus the mind of the coffee giants on finding a permanent solution to a problem which is of their making. It’s time to send these hugely profitable companies a clear message: stop making badly designed products and expecting the taxpayer to clean up after you.
But in the end, finding that solution needs to be a matter for law, not just financial incentive. The most telling sentence in the EAC report is one of the shortest: “The voluntary approach is not working”. Legislation needs to set a date after which the continued production of unrecyclable coffee cups is banned by law. And this should pave the way for policy that ultimately stops the production of all non-recyclable plastic products.”
Find out more here:https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/mps-ask-government-wake-smell-coffee-introduce-25p-latte-levy/