Min­is­ter: 25p ‘latte levy’ on cof­fee cups is still on the ta­ble

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Claire El­li­cott Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent

A ‘LATTE levy’ of 25p to dis­cour­age the use of dis­pos­able cof­fee cups moved a step closer yes­ter­day as en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Ge­orge Eus­tice said the Gov­ern­ment had an ‘open mind’ about in­tro­duc­ing such a charge.

The Daily Mail has called for a levy as part of the campaign to turn the tide on plas­tic de­bris which pol­lutes our seas.

There are more than 2.5bil­lion plas­tic cups used each year, and just one in 400 is re­cy­cled.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­dit Com­mit­tee has sug­gested a 25p charge would dis­cour­age their use – a so-called ‘latte levy’.

And dur­ing a back­bench de­bate yes­ter­day, Mr Eus­tice said sug­ges­tions the levy idea had been aban­doned were in­cor­rect, adding: ‘We do be­lieve this is a very im­por­tant is­sue.’ A Trea­sury con­sul­ta­tion on sin­gle use plas­tics, in­clud­ing cof­fee cups, closes to­day.

Labour MP Mary Creagh, chair­man of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­dit Com­mit­tee, has called on the Gov­ern­ment to com­pel man­u­fac­tur­ers to make sin­gle use cups fully re­cy­clable or face a ban by 2022. ÷ A RE­VERSE vend­ing ma­chine of­fer­ing 10p for ev­ery waste plas­tic bot­tle is to be of­fered for the first time in the UK at an Ice­land store. Such ma­chines are used across the Con­ti­nent, par­tic­u­larly Ger­many and Scan­di­navia, where they are cen­tral to suc­cess­ful de­posit and re­turn schemes.

‘One in 400 is re­cy­cled’

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