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MPs to investigate impact of coffee cups

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the environmental impact of disposable drinks packaging. The cross-party committee said it will be focussing on plastic bottles and coffee cups. The MPs will analyse the actions taken by industry and government to date as well as investigate possible new solutions. They will for example consider whether taxes on…
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Costa praised for new recycling ‘racks’

Costa has won praise from campaigners for committing to a nationwide recycling scheme for takeaway cups. Friends of the Earth said Costa’s pledge to recycle coffee cups across its 2,000 UK stores, equating to 30m cups a year, was a “huge step in the right direction” in the war on waste, although it warned there…
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Paper cup use could be closer to 5 billion

The UK could be getting through 5 billion disposable cups every year, which is double the amount previously estimated. “When we started [our scheme] in 2014, we conservatively estimated that 2.5 billion cups were being used each year,” said Simply Cups co-founder Peter Goodwin. “Three years in, we now believe the true figure is closer…
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Plastic bags, paper cups and Pigouvian taxes

Will a tax on disposable items be Coffey’s cup of tea? Hold the front page: the government has met – nay, exceeded – a waste target. Last month, DEFRA published data on plastic bag use. In the first six months of the bag tax in England, consumption has fallen to about 500m. That puts us on…
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“Fantastic” bag tax results put cups in spotlight

England is using six billion fewer single use plastic bags since the introduction of a 5p charge. Data published by Defra over the weekend shows that over 7 billion carrier bags were issued by seven main retailers in 2014. But in the six months since the levy was introduced (in October 2015) consumption has fallen…
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Coffee cup controversy

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was on an espresso-fuelled rampage in the capital yesterday. In his sights were the big chain coffee shops for “misleading” messages in relation to the green credentials of the disposable cups they use. Just a day’s worth of the 2.5 billion cups used to port cups of Joe around are recycled, claimed the…
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The 10 big issues for 2016

SUGAR AND supply chains, pay rises and publicity: the topics that’ll dominate the industry’s agenda in the new year.                   1 Guns stay fixed on sugar   Sugar leapfrogged salt and saturated fat as public (health) enemy number B one in 2015, with more evidence emerging of its…
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Campylobacter down at Tesco

NEW DATA shows that only 9% of Tesco’s chicken now contains the highest levels of the food bug campylobacter. This is below the 10% target set by the Food Standards Agency. This quarter’s results compared favourably to the 15% figure in the previous one and put the supermarket on track to hit its own “5%…
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New codes published for sustainable seafood sourcing

THE SUSTAINABLE Seafood Coalition (SSC) – a coalition of major seafood suppliers, brands, supermarkets and restaurants – has launched a new scheme to make the labelling and sourcing of sustainable fish clearer for shoppers.                           The SSC has published two new voluntary codes…
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Asda becomes first supermarket to publish sustainable seafood report

SUPERMARKET CHAIN, Asda has become the first retailer to publish a full report about how and where it sources its wild fish, along with information about sustainability and the management of fisheries.                           The new report, titled ‘Asda Wild Fisheries Annual Review 2013’,…
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