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UK government urged to introduce 25p latte levy on disposable coffee cups

The UK Environmental Audit Committee is urging the government to charge 25p ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups.

In the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on paper cups, the government is also being called to ensure that all coffee cups are recycled by 2023 or introduce a ban on the disposable cups if that target is not reached.

A panel of lawmakers said in the report that money raised from latte levy must be used to improve recycling and reprocessing facilities in the country.

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. Almost none are recycled and half a million a day are littered.

“Coffee cup producers and distributors have not taken action to rectify this and Government has sat on its hands.

"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."

The lawmakers have also recommended the government to charge more from producers for their packaging which are difficult to recycle as well as improve labeling in order to educate consumers on how to dispose of their cup in best possible way.

Commenting on the paper cups report, the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCCRG) said that improvements to infrastructure, alongside changing consumer behavior through education and conveniently located collection/recycling points could create more sustainable paper cup supply chain.

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