A few weeks ago we looked at the possibility of a tax on takeaway coffee cups after the success of the 5p plastic bag tax. 3 months ago, in an attempt to reduce the 5,000 takeaway cups that are binned each minute, Starbucks introduced a scheme where all customers who took their own cup for their takeaway drink to be served in received a 50p discount.
However campaigners have slammed the coffee chain after the 50p discount has been scrapped. The company are now offering customers just a 25p discount when bringing their own cup. This comes in the same week as government ministers rejected the 5p tax on takeaway cups.
Around 2.5 billion takeaway cups are thrown away each year in the UK, which works out at around 5,000 every minute with currently only 1 in 400 being recyclable.
However despite Starbucks halving their discount scheme they are still the only coffee chain who are offering anything directly to their customers. Caffe Nero offer customers double reward card stamps and Costa donate 25p to charity if customers bring their own cup. But campaigners say it’s nowhere near enough to reduce the number of takeaway cups being thrown away.
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