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Beverage Containers: Taxation

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 48544, tabled on 13 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential environmental benefits of a tax on disposable coffee cups.

Answered on

21 October 2016

Major coffee chains already have a financial obligation to recover and recycle a proportion of the packaging they place on the market, including disposable coffee cups, as they are captured under the Packaging Waste Regulations. The industry is also taking further, voluntary action aimed at significantly increasing paper cup recycling rates by 2020.

We will be consulting widely on our plans for resources, waste and recycling in developing our 25 Year Environment Plan.