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Food chains join forces to cut sugar

Some of the high street’s biggest food chains have signed up to a series of new health targets including a 20% reduction in sugar by 2020. The alliance, which includes Caffè Nero, Costa, Greggs, McDonald’s and Mitchells & Butlers, has created a new code of practice with the aim of driving responsible behaviour in product…
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Businesses sign landmark paper cup agreement

McDonald’s and Starbucks are among fourteen organisations to have signed a new agreement to accelerate UK recycling of paper cups. The cross-industry collaboration is being coordinated by trade body the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) and is expected to result in significant progress in PE lined paper cup recycling over the…
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Scotland serious about coffee cup tax

The Scottish Government is to introduce a deposit return scheme for single use drinks containers next year to “increase recycling rates and reduce litter”. The programme for government 2017/18, published this week, also includes a commitment to examine how to reduce demand for other single-use items, like disposable coffee cups. “We will appoint an expert…
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Starbucks cuts prices to reduce waste

Starbucks has announced plans to offer 50% discounts on food “nearing expiry” in 350 stores across Britain. The offers, available in the last hour of trading every day, follow a successful trial in 16 outlets in Manchester earlier this year. All proceeds from the food that would otherwise have been thrown out will go to…
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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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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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Tax firms face fines

Accountants, tax planners and advisors could face tough penalties if they are found to have helped companies avoid tax. Currently tax avoiders face significant financial costs if HMRC defeats them in court. However, those who advised on, or facilitated, the avoidance bear little risk. This could change under the new proposals published this week by…
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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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Starbucks to test new recyclable cup

One in every 400 disposable paper cups is recycled, apparently. But entrepreneur Martin Myerscough believes he’s come up with a solution. His Frugalpac cup is: made from recycled paper; recyclable in normal paper mills; and weighs in at half the carbon footprint of a standard single-use cup. The key, said Myerscough, is lightly gluing the…
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Big players sign up to paper cup manifesto

More than 45 companies, including major fast food chains and contract caterers, have signed a manifesto to increase the collection and recycling of paper cups. The issue was brought to the public’s attention in March 2016 through Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War On Waste initiative. The industry, it seems, has been sufficiently spooked to act. The manifesto,…
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