United Kingdom lawmakers call for 'latte levy' on takeaway cups

05 January, 2018, 13:41 | Author: Kim Reid
  • A latte levy is only the start when it comes to tackling coffee cup waste

Disposable coffee cups can be tricky to recycle because most are made with a combination of paper and plastic.

At least 2.5 billion disposable cups are thrown away every year.

If the target for recycling all disposable coffee cups by 2023 was not met, then the government should ban them altogether, the committee added.

A target of all single-use cups to be recycled by 2023 is also recommended in the report, as well as an overhaul of the United Kingdom producer responsibility scheme, something discussed with regards to plastic bottles in the EAC's previous report.

Waste cups are "an unsightly and damaging blight on the environment", said the Environmental Audit Committee in a new report published Friday. Coffee cup producers and distributors have not taken action to rectify this and government has sat on its hands.

The committee's report states: 'There is no excuse for the reluctance we have seen from Government and industry to address coffee cup waste.

Palestine recalls United States envoy after Trump's Jerusalem move
The U.S. accepting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will show the U.S. will not back down to blackmail from terrorists. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept any United States peace plan in the wake of Mr Trump's move.

ACE also stated that it is working with local authorities and waste management organisations to include disposable cups in kerbside collections. The trial will take place across 20 to 25 London stores and marks the first time a major coffee retailer has charged customers extra for a cup.

However, the London trial, which will run for three months starting in February, is an important first step by the U.S. chain - and the proposals are a victory for the Daily Mail's Curb the Cups campaign.

Mr Palmer-Jones said: "For any so-called latte tax to be more than just a light and frothy foam nod to reform, we need to wake up and smell the real coffee needed for a lasting brew".

A 5p charge on coffee cups was first proposed by the Liberal Democrats after it emerged past year that only one in 400 was being recycled.

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

"We think a latte levy will be the kind of charge that will make people think "I need to bring my cup to work today", in the same way that they are moving more and more to reusable plastic bottles".

Kevin and Jesus blow to Man City
In Wenger's record 811th game in charge, James McClean deflected in Alexis Sanchez's 83rd-minute free kick to put Arsenal ahead. Referees have to protect. "Gabriel will be out for a little bit more than one month", Guardiola said.

Instead coffee chains perpetuated customer confusion that cups are widely recyclable when they are not.

While some coffee shops provide discounts for customers who bring their own cup, such as Pret A Manger, the uptake of these offers is low at only 1-2% of coffee purchases, say EAC.

Now the Environmental Audit Committee's plan to bring in a tax on disposable coffee cups is in the proposal stage. "We are committed to increasing recycling rates", he said.

Additionally, it said that producers needed to pay more for packaging that proved hard to recycle, and that labeling needed to be improved so that consumers knew how to properly dispose of their cups.

Mr Stemman said the industry should continue to focus on other environmental issues such as cutting water use, carbon reduction, and turning waste coffee grounds into biofuel.

North Korea vows to bolster its nuclear capability
Mike Mullen on Sunday warned the U.S.is closer to a nuclear war with North Korea than ever before. "Do not expect any change in its policy".

Recommended:



Popular

Game of Thrones officially delayed until 2019
The season finale was watched by 16.5 million viewers, including people who watched the episode as it aired and night-of streams. An announcement from USA premium cable channel HBO has confirmed long suspected rumours that the show would not return in 2018.

Justin Timberlake says new album will be his most 'personal' yet
In September 2016 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Timberlake mentioned that he was back in the studio. The Friends with Benefits star, removed a piece of Jackson's outfit during his "Rock Your Body" lyrics.

Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots total more than $800 million
According to the release, the ticket bought in the town of Colfax was one of three $1 million winners Saturday night. Mega Millions' next drawing is scheduled for Tuesday evening, and Powerball's for Wednesday evening .

LGD unveils 88-inch 8K OLED display
LG Display has showcased a new 88-inch OLED display with an 8K resolution, ahead of the upcoming CES 2018 show in Las Vegas. This not only includes televisions panels, but OLED panels for smartphones as well.

NMC Bill sent to Standing Committee
Dr Veeranna said the appointment of members to the commission is not by election, but rather by nomination by the Union government.

Kim Jong-un Wants to Send Delegation to Pyeongchang Olympics
Dressed in a western-style grey suit and tie, Kim added, however, that the North's nuclear arsenal played a purely deterrent role. Kim said in his speech Monday that North Korea past year achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces.

Eurozone Factory Growth At Record High
China's manufacturing sector continued to expand in December, pointing to economic resilience in the country's factory sector. China's slowdown means that for the rest of Asia, the pace of rate increases is unlikely to match that of the U.S.

Daughter of police victim dies from brain damage
Erica Garner , who became a well-known activist after her father, Eric Garner , died in police custody, has died at the age of 27. With former president Obama, Garner criticized his reactions to her father's death and the slow pace of the DOJ investigation.

Seven dead as JeM militants storm CRPF camp in Lethpora
Four jawans have been martyred and three terrorists were killed in the fidayeen attack on the CRPF camp in Jammu and Kashmir. Two militants were killed and reports said one more is in the building that was being hit by heavy weapons.

Texans GM Rick Smith taking extended family medical leave
The Texans have finished with a losing record only four times since then while also making four playoff appearances. He determined his wife and three children now needed him more than football.