Levy On Disposable Cups Will Encourage "Small Changes"

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 6, 2019

The Cabinet has signed off a number of proposed environment levies to encourage more sustainable behaviour.

Questions in relation to pricing will be included in the public consultation.

A waste recovery levy at €5 a tonne is also set to be introduced.

The levy on landfills will also increase.

The Government will call on shops to display information on the price of coffee in a disposable cup versus if the consumer brings their own.

Still in the discussion phase, the paper cup rate is yet to be confirmed, but is likely to be 10c, 15c or 25c, according to the department.

"The levy has clear benefits for the environment, when you consider that 22,000 disposable coffee and tea cups are used every hour", Mr Bruton said. Our first response must be to reduce the amount of waste created in the first place.

The cost is amongst plenty of new and elevated levies to encourage extra sustainable habits, together with making use of an elevated zero.25 euro plastic bag levy to the dearer medium weight plastic luggage bought at grocery store tills.

"In introducing a coffee cup levy, clear pricing information will be vital". Clear information regarding price will be important in driving change.

These changes would come into force during 2020 and 2021.

There are further plans to develop a second phase of taxes which would focus takeaway containers, while a third phase will focus on reducing plastic food packaging.

While the exact rate of taxation hasn't been settled upon, a public consultation process is expected to be announced today.

The federal government hopes the proposed levy of as much as zero.25 euros per cup will encourage espresso drinkers to as a substitute carry round reusable "Keep Cups" that already enable clients to say a reduction in some espresso retailers.

"All of the funds collected will go back into environmental action". Compostable cups that are made from biodegradable materials will also be hit by the levy, Bruton said, due to a lack of infrastructure in the retail sector to recycle packaging which has been in contact with food and drink.

A consultation on the above proposals will be open from 9:00am on November 6th until December 20th 2019.

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