Majority of Scots back call for single use coffee cups

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​Deposit scheme similar to plastic bag tax is needed say conservationists 

4th October 2017 by Robert Armour 2 Comments

A YouGov survey has revealed the majority of Scots support a charge on single use coffee cups.

A poll for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) asked if respondents would support paying a deposit on disposable coffee cups to encourage the use of refillable cups or cups being returned for recycling.

Only 8% of responders opposed such charges.  

Across Britain as a whole, support was even higher at 74% - almost three out of four people questioned.

In addition, 70% of people surveyed supported a ban on the use of polystyrene food containers and cups, with most support coming from those aged 55 or over.

Calum Duncan, MCS's head of conservation, said it was good news and came on the heels of the recent announcement by the Scottish Government to introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers. 

“MCS wants to see a reduction in all litter items, particularly disposable single-use items like coffee cups, as there are so many easy alternatives," he said. 

"As the environmental toll of litter on our seas grows, we need progressive measures that discourage the throwaway mindset whilst encouraging simple positive actions like using re-fillable 'on-the-go' coffee cups and drinks bottles."

MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, said the success of the carrier bag charge over the past three years proves that a similar tax on single-use cups could be worthwhile.  

"As we look to move away from our throw-away culture which is, ultimately, not sustainable, I’m pleased that the Scottish Government is further investing in ways to tackle single-use products usage.

"Although we have made steady progress on recycling, the pace with which these improvements are happening must be increased."

Across the UK in 2015 there were, on average, 11 plastic bags per 100 metres of coastline cleaned during the MCS Great British Beach Clean, but in 2016 there were just under seven – that’s a decrease of almost 40% and the lowest number in the last 10 years.

4th October 2017 by Jeremy

Might be worth reaching out at some piint

6th October 2017 by Gloria

I just use a reusable K-cup. Landfill averted. And I buy beans and grind my own to fill it. And I usually toss one of them in my suitcase before travelling so I can use it at hotels and at friends' homes. Though when I return home from working in Beijing for a few years, I may give it up. I find it just as quick and easy to use my french press or my old Starbucks travel brewer (a permanent flat gold filter with insert that fits on top of a mug) over here and as long as I grind some coffee the night before using in a little hand grinder, it doesn't really take much time to do.G Lapiz expert editor