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Ministers question 'latte levy' on cups

Ministers question 'latte levy' on cups

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A proposal to impose a so-called latte levy on throwaway coffee cups has been questioned by the government.MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee had suggested a charge of 25p for disposable coffee cups to reduce their use.But ministers say it is better for shops to offer voluntary discounts to customers bringing their own cups.MPs says the government's response suggests it is not serious about its promise to tackle plastic litter.Committee chairwoman Mary Creagh said: "The UK's throwaway culture is having a devastating impact on our streets, beaches and seas. Our report recommended practical solutions to the disposable packaging crisis. "The government's response shows that despite warm words they plan no real action."She said evidence to the committee showed charges work better than di...