Friday, 5 January 2018

Storm in a Disposable Cup?


The environmental audit committee in the UK parliament has apparently advocated imposing a 25p surcharge, followed by a possible complete ban, on disposable coffee cups (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/05/mps-25p-charge-takeaway-coffee-cups-possible-ban-environmental-audit-committee-report). It seems that around 2.5 billion disposable cups are used each year in the UK and only a tiny percentage (circa 0.4%) are recycled because of their mix of cardboard and plastic. The surcharge could be used to fund further recycling (it can be done) or its imposition might well encourage a search for alternatives (customers bringing their own rechargeable cups or using actual washable crockery?).

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