Should we pay an extra 5p for a coffee cup? The Lib Dems think we should

This reusable ceramic coffee cup looks so much like the real thing you might throw it away by mistak

This reusable ceramic coffee cup looks so much like the real thing you might throw it away by mistake.For Green Life/EDP2.

Caffeine addicts could be charged an extra 5p for a disposable cup under plans being weighed up by the Liberal Democrats.

They want to capitalise on the success of the plastic bag levy which has seen an 85pc cut in use since it was introduced. They claim two billion less cups could be used each year.

Currently two-and-a-half billion disposable cups are thrown away every year in the UK – around seven million every day - and fewer than one in 400 are recycled.

Delegates at their party conference will have to play an extra 5p for a disposable cup this month.

Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Farron MP, said: 'Throwaway cups are a threat to wildlife and the environment and its high time the Government stepped in to reduce the amount of waste created each year. I want to see a culture shift towards bringing your own cup for a refill, rather than buying cups which are often non-recyclable and then throwing them away. Liberal Democrats brought in the plastic bag charge and it's been proven highly successful – coffee cups are the next logical step.'


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