Government rejects 25p ‘latte levy’ on takeaway cups

Starbucks takeaway cups. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Starbucks takeaway cups. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A proposal to introduce a 'latte levy' on takeaway cups has been rejected by the government.

MPs from the Environmental Audit Committee called for a 25p charge on disposable coffee cups in attempt to reduce their use.

The committee believed the money from this could fund improved recycling facilities.

They also recommended that all paper cups be recycled by 2023 or if not, they should be banned.

Environmental Secretary Michael Gove described the levy as an 'exciting idea'.

However in its official response, the Government said only that a charge was something they 'could consider amongst other policy options'.

Instead, ministers suggested it would be better for cafes to offer discounts to customers who bring their own cups.

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Environmental Audit Committee chairwoman, Mary Creagh, said: 'The UK's throwaway culture is having a devastating impact on our streets, beaches and seas. Our report recommended practical solutions to the disposable packaging crisis. The government's response shows that despite warm words they plan no real action.'

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