United Kingdom proposes 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups
United Kingdom proposes 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups
Some 2.5bn coffee cups are thrown away each year
08 January, 2018, 03:55
While the environmental impact of charging extra for disposable cups would seem to be clear, based on the drop in use of plastic bags, retailers may not be so happy.
In response to a group of MPs calling for a 25p "latte levy" on disposable paper coffee cups, Starbucks has revealed that it will trial a 5p charge across select London stores. According to the report, just 0.25 per cent of cups are recycled, and 500,000 are littered every day.
"The UK's coffee shop market is expanding rapidly, so we need to kick-start a revolution in recycling", Committee Chairwoman Mary Creagh said in a statement.
The growing problem saw members of Ms Creagh's committee also say that if all cups are not recycled within five years an outright ban should be placed on them.
"Take-away coffee cups may look like cardboard through-and-through but on the inside they are lined with a plastic, making them hard to recycle and resulting in 99 per cent of them being destined for landfill or incineration".
Starbucks says that it has already tried to change consumer behaviour by discounting reusable cups at the point of sale.
Coffee chains have been "pulling the wool over the eyes" of customers by letting them believe paper cups can be recycled, MPs warned. At this scale, only one in every 400 cups is recycled.
"At the same time, we will redouble our efforts to ensure that drink-in customers are always offered a ceramic cup, thus cutting paper use even further", added Starbucks.
The Liberal Democrats said they had been campaigning for a charge on coffee cups since September 2016 and were the only party to include the policy in their 2017 election manifesto.
"Finally, we will continue to remind customers through our in-store marketing about the ongoing 25p cup discount and the benefits of going reusable".
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".
Unsure of how else to hammer eco-mindedness into customers, Starbucks said today that it will try a preemptive cup charge of its own.
"The public needs a simple, United Kingdom wide solution, one which is made possible by the introduction of an on-the-go waste management infrastructure".
Costa Coffee, which operates over 2,000 stores in the United Kingdom, said the government should consider "a mix of measures to address this issue with a focus on improving.... waste and recycling infrastructure".
In his Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond described plastic waste as a "scourge" and announced that he and Environment Secretary Michael Gove would investigate a single-use plastic tax to reduce waste.
The figure is much less than the 25p suggested by MPs as the sort of levy that would drive people to stop using the cups.
The Grocer has contacted Pret and Costa for comment.
ESPN declined to comment to Sporting News about Nolan, but is known to handle controversial situations on a case-by-case basis. Katie Nolan , a recent hire at ESPN , appeared on the talk show Desus & Mero on Viceland on Wednesday night.
Trebek reports, "The prognosis is excellent and I expect to be in the studio taping more Jeopardy! programs very, very soon". Then again, in 2015, he had carried out his hosting duties while being seated after getting a full knee replacement .
Since the moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles farther from Earth than the other (perigee). The occurrence of Blue moon total eclipse is an uncommon event as it is taking place after a long span of 150 years.
The Buccaneers went 12-4 in his first season and finished 57-55 with three playoff appearances in Gruden's seven seasons. When Jon Gruden returns to the Raiders as head coach, he will be bringing along Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator.
You might get your package stolen from your door. "When we were there shooting, my neighbor got her auto stolen out her driveway". Director Hiro Murai adds that they made a decision to use that format to "set up the audience to approach the show differently".
Players can experience the life of a hunter once more between January 19 and January 22 and even uncover some surprise in it, too. Obviously, this means you'll need to get your distance and prepare to roll once the rock-spitting starts.
Russian Federation said the United States is exploiting the protests in Iran in order to derail the landmark nuclear deal. He added his government has "hard evidence" the recent protests in Iran were "very clearly directed from abroad".
Coming to the third phone - which is the Xperia L2 - Sony may not include Oreo - instead, the phone may come with Android Nougat. Ahead of the launch, some new renders of all the phones together have surfaced online, showing the devices in all its glory.
Private bus operators were also finding it hard as they were not aware of the routes and where to stop. The strike began on Friday after the failed talks between the union and state transport authorities.
There are a bunch of different ways to vote for the All-Star reps, and the fan portion of the voting is open until January 15. In the west, Durant and New Orleans Pelicans pair Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the top three in the frontcourt.
Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail Term
The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case. The presiding judge said, "An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming'".
Flu season has hospital census up
Sharp said flu vaccines are offered through healthcare providers, county health departments, outpatient clinics and many pharmacies.
Leigh Corfman files defamation lawsuit against Roy Moore
Corfman, to publicly apologize for these defamatory statements, and to refrain from making further defamatory statements". Corfman's suit asks the court to force Moore to " retract all defamatory statements made against Ms.
Lottery jackpots combine over $1 billion this weekend
Most winners opt for cash options, which would be $281 million for Mega Millions and $358.5 million for Powerball. It won't be known until later if there is a victor from numbers drawn Friday of 28-30-39-59-70-10.
Emmy-Nominated Actor Jerry Van Dyke Dies
Nelson and Patricia Heaton are among the costars, friends and collaborators remembering Jerry Van Dyke today. In his personal life, Van Dyke married twice. "Everybody talks about me making a comeback", he said.
What are the new pot laws in Moorpark?
Applications are trickling in from people interested in obtaining a license in Michigan's medical marijuana industry. Sessions is rescinding that memo, written by then-Deputy Attorney General James M.
Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs
I don't play Powerball because there are too many numbers and my chances of winning are too slim. "It's fun to play", said May. This is still the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the 11th-largest jackpot in US lottery history.