British MPs Demand a “Latte Levy” on Disposable Coffee CupsPosted on February 4, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Guest essay by Eric Worrall British MPs waging a war on plastic are demanding a “latte levy”, to try to contain the growing environmental catastrophe caused by millions of latte sipping…
The committee’s chair, Mary Creagh MP, said: “The UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year – that’s enough to circle the planet five and a half times.
“Almost none are recycled and half a million a day are littered. Coffee cup producers and distributors have not taken action to rectify this and government has sat on its hands.
“The UK’s coffee shop market is expanding rapidly, so we need to kick start a revolution in recycling.”
Where is such talk in Australia? Now more than ever, if there was a plastics tax and the fund did not go to the general coffers but to a special pool that only funded
a) Clean up and collect the plastic waste and
b) the start up of plastic recycling facilities in Australia so we could use our rubbish instead of trying to find other countries to take on our problem.
The plastics producers (manufacturers and importers) are the ones profiteering out of all this plastic yet are not paying anything to safe guard our planet on this. This has to change and change soon.
Go the UK, maybe Australia will catch up in 20 years.