Members of congress are demanding a 25p charge on take-out coffee, a move that could see disposable cups banned in five years.
In the UK, 2.5 billion take-out coffee cups are used and thrown away each year, enough to last five and a half years in the world. Britain churns out 30,000 tons of coffee scum each year, according to a report by the environmental audit committee released by lawmakers on Friday.
Recycling disposable cups was not the ordinary system, because they are made of cardboard, the cardboard used a layer is hard to remove the polyethylene lining, which means that they are not acceptable to the paper mill.
Only one in 400 cups was recycled - less than 0.25%. The report says there are 500,000 cups of coffee a day in the UK.
Members of congress called for:
A 25p tax is levied on coffee from take-out cups to reduce the amount of discarded cups and invest in post-processing facilities
If all of the take-out cups can be recycled by 2023, they’re not going to be met
Coffee chains pay for more processing cups
Improved tags to better education consumers
Mary Creagh, chairman of the MP committee, said: “the producers and dealers of coffee cups have not taken action to correct this situation, and the government is in control.”
Only two major coffee chains provided evidence to members of congress who declined to participate.
Members of congress said: “their silence expresses the meaning.
The report says: “the government and industry are currently reluctant to address the waste of coffee cups. “The disposable coffee cup is a preventable waste, and if the British don’t have faith in their future sustainability, the government should ban them.”
Some coffee chains - Starbucks and Costa rica - have introduced on-site cup recycling bins and sent it to one of three professional recycling facilities. Members of congress say these are “good ideas” but not enough to address the size of Britain’s cup waste. Other efforts are “incongruent and need goals” imposed by the government.
Instead, the coffee chain confuses customers that the cup is not widely recycled.
Local government associations say that if coffee cups are put into normal collection systems, the garbage may end up in landfills because they contaminate other waste paper
Members of congress, said: “although the recovery rate is very low, but coffee sellers still through the use of recycling label coffee sellers in disarray, and emphasize the recyclability of coffee cup, this is not acceptable.” “Those who don’t have in-store recycling should print cups with labels that aren’t widely recycled.”
Although some coffee shops offer discounts for customers with their own cups, the discounts are only 1-2%. The commission said that the impact of plastic bag charges on consumer behaviour - which reduced revenue by more than 83 per cent in the first year - showed that consumers were more sensitive to charges than discounts.
According to the evidence presented to members of congress, the charge could lead to the use of disposable cups each year between 50 and 300 people.
Last month the committee recommended that the government launch a plastic bottle deposit program to reduce plastic waste and spill into the ocean.
From James Cropper Richard Burnett (Richard Cropper) is one of only three coffee cup recycling companies, if the money is used to support infrastructure for recycling, it will pay the cost of the 25 pence. “Anything that helps reclaim these cups is good,” he said.
Cropper collects cups collected by coffee retailers in recycling bins, removing plastic and turning it into luxury paper and packaging products. But Burnett said the chain lacked a key link: transporting cups from retailers to recycling facilities. He added that if the fee helps pay for the infrastructure, it can increase the amount of recycled cups.
Only five retailers have adopted Cropper’s cup recycling program, which has recovered 10 million cups, with a target of 500 million cups per year.
Starbucks said Friday it will spend three months on a three-month trial at about 20 London coffee shops for five months. The chain says it is consuming 1.8 per cent of its consumption to persuade customers to buy reusable cups. A spokesman said the proceeds will be donated to charities to study how to change public behaviour and encourage the use of reusable cups.
Dr Laura Foster, head of the Marine conservation association’s clean sea area, welcomed the proposals. “A 25p latte is a reminder that their regular coffee cups are typically plastic and hard to recycle, and more than 99% of them are used for landfill or incineration.
“Only if this problem is seen as a Shared responsibility between industry and consumers can it be reused.”