UK: No ‘latte levy’ for disposable coffee cups

04 April 2018

The Government has refused to take any decisive action on the complex issue of coffee cups – including the introduction of a ‘latte levy’ – and has instead chosen to rely on voluntary commitments. The Committee's key recommendation was the introduction of a 25p levy on the use of disposable coffee cups, to reduce their use and help to fund recycling measures.
The Government rejected the Committee's recommendation and welcomed the Paper Cup Manifesto written by industry. The Paper Cup Manifesto indicates a target for the provision of recycling facilities for coffee cups, but does not include a recycling target specifically for coffee cups (News Item UK Parliament, 9 March 2018).
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