Keep Britain Tidy has called for a 25p surcharge on single-use cups in a bid to reduce the number of items being discarded. Research for the organisation shows that only 4% of single-use cups are recycled, with recycling difficult because of the plastic lining within the cup.
The organisation said that it wanted a 25p surcharge to be added to cups, in a similar manner to the surcharge added to cups sold in the Houses of Parliament.
Allison Ogden-Newton, the Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said in a statement:
“Since last autumn billions of cups have been littered or thrown away after a single use. That figure would have been reduced by an amazing 1.85 billion if the charge introduced at the Palace of Westminster had been introduced by the Chancellor countrywide.”