"We found that this did not move the needle in the way we thought it might".
The MPs say the charge would lead to 750 million fewer disposable cups being discarded as litter, incinerated or sent to landfill, and would generate £438m.
"The government should set a target for all disposable coffee cups to be recycled by 2023". The committee said that if the recycling target is not met then disposable coffee cups should be banned.
The UK generates 30,000 tonnes of coffee cup waste a year - enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall.
A cross party committee of MPs is calling for a 25p tax on single use coffee cups, and wants them to be banned if an effective way of recycling them can not be established.
Creagh said coffee shops have been "pulling the wool" over customers' eyes by saying their cups are recyclable. "Legislation needs to set a date after which the continued production of unrecyclable coffee cups is banned by law".
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David Palmer-Jones, CEO of Suez Recycling and Recovery, said: "Taxes on takeaway coffee cups may provide a helpful nudge to consumers to abandon a throw-away culture, but for lasting change, proposals like these need to be part of wider, joined-up reform that shifts the burden of responsibility for all forms of packaging content, recyclability and ultimately their collection, back to the producer".
According to the BBC, other chains like Pret a Manger, Costa Coffee, and Greggs Bakery will rely on reusable-cup discounts, and just hope for the best.
"Already, we give a discount if you come in with a keep-cup, which is a reusable cup you keep yourself".
In an attempt to get coffee cup waste under control, a recommendation has been made to start charging for disposables, rather than discounting reusables. The three-month trial will begin in February.
If introduced, the charge dubbed the "latte levy" would be for disposable cups which are not recyclable.
The chain will partner with charity Hubbub to launch the London-based trial, and money generated from the charge will be used for studies into behaviour change and attitudes towards the uptake of reusable cups.
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From next week, Greggs Bakery will offer 20p off hot drinks for customers who bring their own cups.
Disposable cups can not be recycled by the normal systems because they are made from cardboard with a tightly bonded polyethylene liner, which is hard to remove, and means they are not accepted by paper mills. That's just one out of every 400 cups.
"The evidence is clear that these levies work - the 5p charge on plastic bags has massively reduced usage and helped protect our environment". "The government must do the same and introduce the levy as soon as possible".
A group of British MPs is calling for tougher action on disposable coffee cups.
Coffee cups are used for a matter of moments, but will pollute our planet for centuries to come. The recycling process is complex, as it consists of separating a thin plastic layer from paper, and most recyclers don't have the ability to do this.
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