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Fast food chains could face a 25p tax on plastic drinking cups as the Treasury looks to extend the 'latte levy', according to reports.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, who is already poised to slap the tax on plastic coffee cups in his upcoming Budget, is looking to extend it to the drinks containers used by chains like McDonald's.
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The possible move comes after a record 162,000 Britons responded to a Treasury consultation on how to deal with throwaway plastic packaging.
Earlier this year, Parliament's cross-party environmental audit committee called for a 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups to help reduce waste and encourage recycling.
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Ministers suggested a 25p tax to tackle plastic waste from coffee franchises such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee.
The firms would either have to pass this cost on to customers or use other types of cups.
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Around 2.5 billion coffee cups, which are lined with a thin layer of plastic, are thrown away each year and only one in 400 are recycled.
Levies could also be introduced on a number of other single-use items, such as black plastic trays used as packaging for vegetables, as part of the continuing war on plastic pollution.
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And it now seems that Treasury officials might also target the plastic lining of fast food chain cups, the Sun reported.
Concerns have been raised that while customers of coffee chains may be willing to pay the extra cost, many of those who go to fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and KFC...
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