Env’t group expresses dismay over Britain’s ‘latte levy’ resistance
An environmental group expressed its disappointmemt over the British government’s inaction to impose a so-called “latte levy” on single-use coffee cups.
Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee which had suggested the additional fee, said the government’s stance shows that “they plan no real action.”
Lawmakers have also recommended a 25 pence or $0.34 charge on the use of single-use coffee cups.
But the government merely expressed approval of major coffee retail chains that are helping cut the use of disposable coffee cups via incentives which “would all work towards the same overall outcomes of increasing recycling and reducing litter.”
Britian recycles only accounts for less than a percent of all its coffee cups because its tightly bonded plastic liner makes it difficult to do so, requiring some facilities to be recycled.