House of Commons
CHARGE ON DISPOSABLE COFFEE CUPS
EDM #533
Tabled 14 November 2017
2017-19 Session
That this House regrets that currently 2.5 billion disposable cups are thrown away every year in the UK, which equates to around seven million every day; notes that fewer than one in 400 of these cups are recycled; expresses serious concern at the volume of disposed cups which litter our streets and end up in our rivers and seas;·recognises the success of the charge on plastic bags introduced in 2015, which raised at least £29.2 million in England alone during the first six months, and which has seen an 85 per cent reduction in plastic bag use; further notes that both the French and Irish parliaments have recently passed legislation to ban single-use coffee cups; welcomes the change.org petition which currently has over 97,000 signatures calling for a five pence charge to be introduced on disposable coffee cups in the UK; and calls on the Government to introduce such a charge, with the money raised to be donated to environmental causes.