Feb 26, 2018
Starbucks in 'latte levy' London trial on disposable cups
Starbucks have started charging 5p for disposable coffee cups in 35 London stores as part of a three-month trial. An estimated 2.5bn disposable cups are thrown away each year, in the UK. Simon Redfern, of Starbucks Europe, said: "We're hoping that this charge will remind customers to rethink their use of single-use plastic-lined cups." In January a report by the Environmental Audit Committee called for a 25p tax on disposable coffee cups to be used to improve the UK's recycling and reprocessing facilities. Half a million coffee cups are dropped as litter each day in the UK. However, the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group said a tax on coffee cups could significantly deter shoppers. In 1998, Starbucks was the first coffee chain in the UK to offer users of reusable cups a discount.
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