Liberal Democrats in call for 5p charge on coffee cups
Disposable coffee cups should be slapped with a 5p charge to cut down on the number of them being thrown away, the Liberal Democrats have suggested.
The party wants the Government to build on the success of the plastic bag charge, which has prompted a more than 85% reduction in their use.
The Lib Dems estimated that a similar scheme targeted at takeaway coffee cups would mean more than two billion fewer being used every year, with people using reusable cups instead.
Some 2.5 billion disposable cups are thrown away in the UK every year and there are growing concerns about the small number being recycled - estimated at fewer than one in every 400.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: "Liberal Democrats brought in the plastic bag charge and it's been proven highly successful - coffee cups are the next logical step."