Tax on disposable coffee cups gains steam
Fin24 - Jan 9th, 10:58
British lawmakers called on the government on Friday to impose a charge on disposable coffee cups and set a target to recycle all of them by 2023 - or ban them altogether.
Around 2.5 billion plastic-lined paper cups are used in Britain each year, but less than one in 400 are recycled, MPs on the environmental audit committee warned in a new report.
"Coffee cup producers and distributors have not taken action to rectify this and government has sat on its hands," said committee chair Mary Creagh, calling for a "revolution in recycling".
The report proposed a 25 pence "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups, saying the money raised could be used to improve recycling facilities.
Coffee cups are difficult to recycle, due to the plastic liner which makes them waterproof.
The MPs urged ministers to set a target that all such cups be recycled by 2023, and "if this target is not achieved, the government should ban disposable coffee cups".
Several leading coffee shop chains in Britain, including the largest, Costa, offer discounts for customers who use their own reusable cups.
Pret A Manger, which has 329 sandwich shops across the country, this week doubled its discount to 50p.
But Creagh warned that such discounts had found to be "ineffective" - unlike charges, noting the success of a recent levy on plastic bags in England, which reduced their use by 83% in the first year.
Coffee chain Starbucks on Friday announced plans to introduce a 5p cup charge in around 20-25 of its shops in London that will go to environmental charities, saying that it too, had found discounts ineffective.
The three-month trial, beginning in February, will be a global first for the company, a spokesperson said.
Starbucks said it has offered discounts for using re-usable cups since 1998, starting at 10p and rising to 50p for a few months in 2016.
"We found that this did not move the needle in the way we thought it might. We now have 1.8 percent of our customers using reusable cups," it said in a statement.
In the trial, "we will be exploring the impact that a cup charge may have in changing behaviour in addition to the measures we, and the whole industry, are taking on cup recycling", said.Fin24.com
Asda remains fastest-growing supermarket of UK's 'Big Four'
12/12/2018 - 10:16
Asda remains the best performer of the UK’s ‘Big Four’ supermarkets, registering a 1.5% sales rise in the 12 weeks to 2 December, according to the latest market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel.
UK retail property values to drop next year
30/11/2018 - 10:42
The UK’s five largest property funds stand to risk billions of pounds invested in the country’s struggling retail sector.
R10 illegal cigarette pack becomes SA's top seller
29/11/2018 - 08:23
Research house Ipsos said that South Africa has become the first country in the world to allow an illegal cigarette brand to become a top seller, after Gold Leaf Tobacco’s RG brand became the top-selling brand in the country overall, overtaking all legal brands.
AB InBev invests in Closed Loop Fund to improve glass recycling
28/11/2018 - 11:08
Anheuser-Busch InBev will invest $250,000 in Closed Loop Fund projects to improve glass recycling capabilities, in order to make further progress towards the company’s 2025 sustainability goals.
PET plastic producers in the spotlight
16/11/2018 - 09:42
AMID mounting pressure on major retailers and brand owners to be more environmentally-minded, one of the country’s leading food packaging producers has become the first in the PET thermoform plastics sector to join voluntary national Extended Producer Responsibility body the PET Recycling Company (PETCO).