NEWS: Scotland plans 'single-use charge'

The Scottish Government is proposing a charge on single-use drinks cups.

By 2025 the country is expected to use 310 million single-use drinks cups a year unless action is taken. It currently discards 200 million.

If approved the charge would be subject to consultation and approval by Holyrood. but could be 20p-25p.

The proposals will be included in the forthcoming Circular Economy Bill which could come into force next year. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "The scale of the challenge is clear - an estimated 4,000 tonnes of waste is generated by single-use cups each year, wasting valuable raw materials and generating unnecessary CO2 emissions in the process. "For Scotland to become a net zero society, we need a fundamental re-think about how we use and reuse materials and how we handle waste. "That is why I am proposing further bold action to tackle Scotland’s reliance on single-use items."

  • To see the a report from the 'Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures' click here

  • Environment Secretary’s Roseanna Cunningham's response can be found in full here

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