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."