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CHARGE ON DISPOSABLE COFFEE CUPS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 533: tabled on 14 November 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 16 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

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.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.