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Michael Gove used a throwaway coffee cup in Parliament today despite leading the Government's war on single use plastics.
The Environment Secretary sipped from his disposable mug during evidence to a committee of MPs.
Mr - Gove - Headlines - January - Coffee
Mr Gove hit the headlines in January for handing out reusable coffee cups to all members of the Cabinet during a weekly meeting in Downing Street.
And he is pursuing policies to ban plastic straws in Britain, while Government buildings are all due to be stripped of single use plastics.
Members - Environment - Committee - Cups - Hearing
Other members of the Environment Committee were also using plastic cups during the hearing.
Sources close to Mr Gove declined to comment on why Mr Gove was using a disposable cup.
Figures - Cent - Coffee - Cups - Mix
Current figures show less than one per cent of disposable coffee cups are recycled because the mix of plastic lining and cardboard makes them more difficult to process.
Mr Gove will be unlikely to repeat his gaffe in future.
Single - Use - Plastics - Cafes - Bars
Single use plastics will be virtually eliminated from cafes, bars and restaurants in Parliament within months, officials announced last month.
New compostable cups will be introduced for hot drinks but customers will be charged an extra 25p so-called latte levy for using them to 'encourage' use of reusable alternatives.
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