Starbucks is charging customers 5P levy for paper cups in all 950 stores in Britain, in an attempt to reduce disposable paper and plastic waste.
Dated July 26, customers who bring a reusable Cup for coffee or other hot beverage will be given a standard discount of 25P, and those that ask for a paper Cup won’t get You a discount and will be charged 5P “latte levy”.
The move comes after a successful three-month trial in selected stores of Starbucks, which saw 126pc raising the use of reusable cups, measured by the number of customers redeeming the reusable Cup discount of 25P.
Martin Brock, President of Starbucks in Europe, said that the move was “an unusual step” and hoped that the charge can “to remind clients to rethink their use of disposable plastics, like plastic bags”.
On Monday, Starbucks joined the band of businesses pledging to cut the plastic, announcing that it will stop plastic straws by 2020.
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The coffee giant said it will eliminate plastic drinking straws, and enter caps designed to not need straws for two years for dealing with stress they put on the marine biota and the environment in General.
There has been increased pressure on companies to reduce the number of disposable plastic they use because of the problems of plastic pollution in the oceans, where items such as straws end up hurting, and often kill animals such as turtles, birds and fish.
McDonald’s confirmed last month that he wanted to stop using plastic straws in all of UK and Ireland restaurants, replacing them with alternatives to the paper since September.
Fast food chain uses about 1.8 million plastic straws every day in the UK. All of 1,361 restaurants will begin the introduction of alternatives to paper since September, the process will be completed next year, he said.
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Plastic straws will take about 200 years to break down, but as the material does not decompose, they remain in the environment for thousands of years.
Earlier this year the Minister of environmental protection Michael Gove said that the government will consider latte 25P tax on disposable cups, after the success of the existing 5P charge on plastic bags.
However, the Ministers of the Government later rejected the proposal and instead said he would rely on voluntary action from retailers.