MPs call for 25p 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups

A latte in a disposable paper cup

Coffee chain Starbucks on Friday announced plans to introduce a 5p cup charge in around 20-25 of its shops in London that will go to environmental charities, saying that it too, had found discounts ineffective.

The MPs say that all of these cups should be recycled by 2023 - or the Government should step in and ban them. "Disposable coffee cups are an avoidable waste problem and if the United Kingdom can not be confident of their future sustainability, the Government should ban them".

But just four recycling companies in the United Kingdom can separate the plastic film lining the inside of the paper cup.

'We need to kick-start a revolution in recycling.

About 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups a year are used in the United Kingdom but almost all are...

Just five retailers have taken up Cropper's cup recycling initiative and the firm has recycled just 10m cups following a target of 500 million a year.

Chains Pret A Manger, Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero and Greggs alongside US firm Starbucks are among the biggest coffee-sellers in Britain and have rapidly expanded in the last 10 years to meet increasing demand. "We're calling for action to reduce the number of single-use cups, promote reusable cups over disposable cups and to recycle all coffee cups 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).

Although some coffee shops provide discounts for customers who bring their own cup, uptake of these offers is low at only 1-2 per cent of coffee purchases.

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

The 25 pence charge would go towards improving Britain's recycling and reprocessing facilities, the report said.

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.

U.S chain Starbucks said it will trial a 5 pence levy at up to 25 London branches in February for three months.

"The evidence is clear that these levies work - the 5p charge on plastic bags has massively reduced usage and helped protect our environment".

"It places an unfair and additional cost on coffee drinking consumers only - despite paper cups only contributing 0.7% of total paper packaging waste", he told BBC News.

"The whole point is to change behaviour and I'm glad the select committee has endorsed this Liberal Democrat campaign", he said.

He said that for the so-called "latte levy" to be more than just "a light and frothy foam nod to reform" the United Kingdom needs to invest more in sustainable product design, use more recyclable materials and be better at "capturing" materials at the end of their life.

Other measures recommended by the committee include producers paying more for packaging, and improved labelling so consumers know how best to dispose of their cup.

It recommended that a 25p tax should be applied to single use cups to encourage consumers to use alternatives.

The Grocer has contacted Pret and Costa for comment.

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