Latte levy could provide massive windfall for charities

Takeaway coffee cup charge could provide same benefits as plastic bag scheme
The introduction of a “latte levy” has the potential to build on the huge success of the plastic bag charge and raise huge sums for good causes, according to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
MPs on Westminster’s Environmental Audit Committee have argued that a 25p levy on the price of a takeaway coffee could lead to a 30% reduction in the use of disposable cups and generate £438 million in revenue which they say could be used to fund better recycling facilities.
But the impact of the scheme could be increased by applying some of the proceeds to support charities with experience of recycling, environmental protection and consumer advice, harnessing their expertise in recycling and their work changing consumer behaviour.
CAF, which works with thousands of companies, is calling on the government to look at how charges and levies could support charities working for the public good, building on the huge success of the 5p-a-bag plastic bag levy.



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