Government rejects call for 25p ‘latte levy’ as wasteful use of policy time

A proposal for a 25p levy on disposable coffee cups to encourage 100% recycling has been rejected by the government as impractical and at odds with principles of waste management

Coffee cup and coffee beans
Government said disposable cup waste is paltry in the scheme of things 

The government has said that a proposed 25p surcharge on paper coffee cups – the so-called latte levy – is unnecessary, impractical and would lead to perverse policy outcomes.

The critique was contained in DEFRA’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report, “Disposable packaging: coffee cups”, published on 5 January. The government response, published on 9 March, said that given the fact that coffee cups make up a paltry 0.7% of total paper packaging waste in the UK, efforts would be better spent looking at the packaging producer responsibility system and waste management in the round.

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