Would you pay 25p extra for your morning coffee to cut waste?

A cross-party committee called for urgent action to curb the mountain of up to five billion disposable coffee cups dumped each year in the UK almost none of which are recycled

A cross-party committee called for urgent action to curb the mountain of up to five billion disposable coffee cups dumped each year in the UK almost none of which are recycled

While the environmental impact of charging extra for disposable cups would seem to be clear, based on the drop in use of plastic bags, retailers may not be so happy.

A committee of MPs at Westminster has called for a 34 US cents latte levy on disposable coffee cups.

The vast majority end up in landfill or incineration, with 500,000 a day dropped as litter.

Labour MP Mary Creagh, chair of the committee said, "Coffee cup producers and distributors have not taken action to rectify this and the government has sat on its hands".

'We recommend the Government sets a target that all single use coffee cups should be recycled by 2023.

Veolia Environmental Services responded to the report saying that it is already leading a solution to collect, recycle and re-use Britain's coffee cups, which has seen 10 million of them recycled in the last eight months.

A report published by the cross-party group says there is "no excuse for the reluctance we have seen from government and industry to address coffee cup waste".

Make companies pay for producing mixed material packaging which is hard to recycle (coffee cups are a paper shell with a plastic lining bonded to the paper). Costa is also collecting cups from rival brands in its shops.

Starbucks says the 5p charge is one of a number of measures to encourage a switch to reusable cups.

From next week, Greggs Bakery will offer 20p off hot drinks for customers who bring their own cups.

In a series of trials at 12 coffee shops in Cardiff, the study found almost a 20% increase in hot drinks sales with reusable cups if stores offer free reusable coffee cups and charged for disposable ones.

"With all the will in the world we can't make that change and we wish we could".

Starbucks is the only coffee chain charging customers for disposable cups at and that, for now, is for a trial period.

"The public needs a simple, United Kingdom wide solution, one which is made possible by the introduction of an on-the-go waste management infrastructure". About two dozen London cafés will test out a seven-cent fee for drinks served in disposable cups, coupled with "prominent marketing of reusable cups". The charity has also released seven steps it believes can help to boost the UK's recycling rates, calling for more coherent, collaborative campaigns at national and local levels, better design for recyclability, as well as improvement to the country's collection and processing infrastructure, something else highlighted in the EAC's report.

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.

In a statement Friday, the committee said that revenue from the levy should be invested in reprocessing facilities and recycling "binfrastructure".

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