Around five billion single-use coffee cups are used each year in the UK alone. Only a tiny percent are recycled, leaving the rest to pollute our beaches and rivers – where they can be deadly to sea life – or are dumped in landfill or burned.
SAS are petitioning the government to add a 25p charge to single-use cups to encourage consumers to switch to reusable alternatives. Last year the Houses of Parliament introduced a 25p charge on single-use paper cups for hot drinks sold there. This resulted in a massive 74% drop in the use of paper cups, with no negative impact on overall sales. So far the government has refused to introduce the charge nationwide.
Read more about their campaign and sign the petition