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Calls for a 25p 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups

Could disposable coffee cups become a thing of the past? Credit: PA

Following the successful introduction of the 5p single-use plastic bag levy, which Wales led the way with, MPs are now calling for a 25p "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups with the revenue used to pay for improved recycling facilities.

All disposable coffee cups should be recycled by 2023, and they should be banned if the target is not met, the Environmental Audit Committee said.

disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the UK every year.

Almost all disposable coffee cups are incinerated, exported or sent to landfill because their plastic lining makes them costly to recycle.

There are only three facilities in the UK that can split the paper and plastic components.

less than 1% of coffee cups are recycled.

Keep Wales Tidy welcomes the news as it is critical that we change our ways to help improve the environment and communities that we live in.

We can’t continue to live in a ‘throw-away’ society and so it’s crucial that everyone realises the negative impact that litter has on our communities.

We all have a part to play in reducing litter, on an individual level as consumers to businesses in Wales showing corporate responsibility in tackling waste and promoting sustainable options.

Our message to coffee-lovers is very clear – make the right choice and take in your own reusable cup when you visit cafés and coffee shops.

– Keep Wales Tidy

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We are encouraged by industry action to increase the recycling of paper cups with some major retail chains now offering discounts to customers with reusable cups.

We will carefully consider the committee's recommendations and respond shortly.

– Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesman