Starbucks Recycled Cup Discount Increases To 50 Pence Per Drink

And now it's actually worthwhile.

19/03/2016 16:45
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Starbucks had previously offered a 25 pence per cup discount if people brought their own mugs to store

Starbucks is to double its discount for customers using their own mugs, following criticism of big coffee chains' environmental credentials.

The American brand has increased the little-known offer from 25p to 50p per cup as part of a two-month trial.

Last week, campaigners highlighted the inability to completely recycle coffee cups made with a mix of plastic and paper.

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File photo of a London branch of Starbucks at the Strand

Some coffee chains were criticised for using the recycling symbol on cups which were not able to be processed by many waste facilities.

Starbucks decision will be seen as a major victory for campaigners and may well spur on its rivals to adopt similar policies.

The  price of a grande Starbucks Caffè Latte is around £2.60, meaning a 50p discount would provide a 19% reduction in price. 

On its website, Starbucks states: "We have made substantial progress to reduce the impact of waste generated in our stores and our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint focuses on three main areas: reducing the waste associated with our business, increasing recycling rates and promoting the use of reusable cups."

On Thursday, environment minster Rory Stewart said in the Commons that a tax for disposable coffee cups could be seen as a logical next step.

Responding to a question, Stewart said: "It's a huge problem and there are tens of millions of these things being produced and thrown away.

"As you have pointed out, many of these things cannot be recycled either by the way they're disposed or because of the composition of the cup.

"Having tackled plastic bags, which I hope everybody in the House would agree the plastic bag tax has been a success, coffee cups seem to be a very good thing to look at next."

But the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs later denied any plans to introduce a cup tax.

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