Cof­fee shops not do­ing enough to com­bat wasted cups

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

Cof­fee shops are not do­ing enough to deal with the bil­lions of dis­pos­able cups that are thrown away in the UK each year, an in­flu­en­tial com­mit­tee of MPS has been told.

The en­vi­ron­ment au­dit com­mit­tee heard that the ‘phe­nom­e­nal growth’ of ‘on the go cof­fee’ meant that 2.5 bil­lion dis­pos­able cups are thrown away an­nu­ally in the UK, a num­ber ex­pected to rise to about three bil­lion by 2025. Only one per­cent are re­cy­cled, ac­cord­ing to The Guardian.

Com­mit­tee chair Mary Creagh said this ‘mas­sive in­crease’ was hav­ing a dam­ag­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and in­sisted it was time the big cof­fee chains did more to ad­dress the waste they pro­duce.

“These cof­fee shops have a big re­spon­si­bil­ity un­der the the pro­ducer re­spon­si­bil­ity obli­ga­tions to pro­vide proper re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties and they are in breach of them.”

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