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Disposable Coffee Cups Could Get Taxed In The United Kingdom

By Aimee Lutkin

Disposable, single use items like coffee cups are a scourge in the world of waste. They're an item that most people use on a daily basis, en masse. In the United Kingdom, MPs are attempting to enact a tax on disposable cups, according to the BBC. Somewhat playfully named the "latte levy," the tax would be an incentive for drinkers to start bringing a reusable container to the coffee shop. 

Extra Crispy reports that about 2.5 billion of these paper cups go into the trash every year in the U.K. alone. Many people have the misapprehension that these cups are recycled, since they're made of paper. However, the interior of a coffee cup is coated with a substance to prevent them from leaking—and which also makes them ineligible for recycling.