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UK public back plans for a 25p charge on disposable cups

More than half of Britons would change their ways

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 18 Jan 2018

A majority of the public have thrown their weight behind plans for a 25p charge levied on all drinks sold in disposable cups, a new poll has shown.

The exclusive survey for The Independent reveals 54 per cent of people support the latte levy, which aims to reduce the worsening environmental impact of the mountain of disposable cups thrown away in the UK every year.

The poll by BMG Research also suggests the levy – backed by an Independent campaign – would persuade most people to stop using the cups.

Some 2.5 billion of the rarely recycled cups are chucked away annually in the UK causing huge damage, but academic researchers have concluded charging 25p on every drink bought in cup would cut the number by 300 million.

A weighted sample of more than 1,500 people were asked whether they support a proposal with 27 per cent “strongly” backing and a further 27 per cent “somewhat” supporting – 54 per cent backing in total.

Just 20 per cent said that to some degree they would oppose the tax while, 24 per cent said they would “neither support nor oppose”.

When respondents were asked how likely they would be to bring in their own reusable cup or container if such a tax was introduced, a majority said they would – with 29 per cent responding it is “fairly likely” while 27 per cent said it is “very likely”.