British MPs Demand a “Latte Levy” on Disposable Coffee Cups

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British MPs waging a war on plastic are demanding a “latte levy”, to try to contain the growing environmental catastrophe caused by millions of latte sipping city dwellers discarding their coffee cups after a single use.

‘Latte levy’ of 25p urged by MPs in bid to cut cup waste

By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst
5 January 2018

MPs are calling for a 25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee cups – and a total ban unless recycling improves.

A report by the Environmental Audit Committee says the tax should be used to improve the UK’s recycling and reprocessing facilities.

The MPs say throwaway cups should be prohibited altogether by 2023 if they are not all being recycled.

In response, Starbucks said it would try out a 5p cup charge in 20 to 25 central…

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One thought on “British MPs Demand a “Latte Levy” on Disposable Coffee Cups

  1. Jane Gealy

    I can’t stand coffee, and have turned into a grumpy old woman; I hurl abuse at the TV every time George Clooney comes on selling his immoral little coffee pods (apart from that, I do like him). Seriously though, not enough is being done by the instigators to account for all the waste they have created. I’ve worked for a multi-national organisation; if they want something developed, they will fund it, so there is no way they should be given a stay of execution of 25 years to clear up their sorry mess.

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