Taxation / payment for coffee cups will help well-managing waste

Developed countries continuously undertake voluntary or institutional initiatives for waste management. Such an initiative has been undertaken by the Municipality of Tirana from quite a while, where with the cooperation of 250 private bakeries, reduced the use of about 1 million plastic bags. The initiative was also embraced by supermarkets, using the non-free bag initiative as a way of profit. Once you are in the market to buy products, you will probably need to buy a plastic bag or a cotton bag if you do not have one with you. Same in the bakeries, using paper bags. Such practice should be used by markets.

Recently in some Coffees in England, to reduce the waste generated from coffee cups, at the moment when the customer turns in the used glass, he receives 25 pence. Such a practice could also be applied to coffee bars or cafes in Tirana, where the latter have increased considerably. Good co-operation should exist between the municipality and the recyclers, selling the recyclable materials for less, and then compensating the coffee shops for the modest value that will be returned to the customer who will buy coffee or produce others.

The customer who turns in the used coffee cups in England is paid 25 pence

Coffee shops can charge the citizen with 25 pence for the use of plastic cups says the EAC (Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee). Further in the report, the EAC demonstrates the effect of beverage packaging, as well as it invites the government to adjust the tax / payment legislation on plastic packaging in order to bring England control over their use. According to the EAC, the UK's total annual coffee cups used (30,000 tones) are enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall (concert hall) and evaluations suggest that by the year 2025 more than 3.75 billion glasses could be used per year, but only 0.25 percent of them are currently recycled.

While the Irish government has already proposed a fee for used coffee cups, UK officials have so far disliked to engage in a similar scheme, but voluntary initiatives have been undertaken, where Starbucks offers a 25 pence discount for the return of coffee cup. Evidence from Eunomia Research and Consulting suggests that a "delayed tax" of 25 pence for single-use glasses could reduce their use by up to 30%, a figure also backed by Cardiff University, which developed a study on payment / tax efficiency as well as other provisions and found that consumers are much more responsible to an extra fee over subtracting the value of the product during the purchase.

The report also recognizes the need to improve the recycling capabilities of one-use coffee cups; only three manufacturers across the country are currently able to recycle their cups because of their composition: mixed paper and plastic. Potential tax income, according to the report, are estimated at 428 million pounds, which can be invested in the recycling infrastructure in the UK. However, the difficulties associated with the recycling of coffee cups are multiple: not only recycling capabilities are limited but most of the cups go directly to the general waste. Lack of so-called "bin-infrastructure" in various public places, train stations or shopping malls, where coffee pots do not find their way to the recycling bins. According to the EAC, 25 pence income tax should also be used to add more coffee pot recycling points, or different food packaging, as well as various public awareness campaigns on on-the- go recycling.

Manufacturers need to pay more

Further funding to improve recycling infrastructure in the UK, the report continues, should come partly from higher fees from the producer. Manufacturers currently contribute only 10% of the storage and recycling costs, much less than in many other European countries. EAC is also seeking producer responsibility reform that rewards businesses using sustainable packaging.




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