A few high impact interventions have already reduced waste substantially, such as compulsory charges for shopping bags and banning plastic straws.
I would propose a mandatory minimum charge of 20p for disposable drinks cups. This could apply to all cafes, cinemas, etc. It would encourage folk to bring their own reusable cups on their daily commute /for the movie showing etc.
Each year, billions of drinks cups are thrown away and my understanding is that their biodegradability varies according to what they are coated with.
Why the contribution is important
We are turning the planet into a giant dustbin and this is not sustainable. We must convert more disposable consumables to reusable ones. This requires people to change culture and work in slightly different habits. In this regard not all plastic is bad. My mother still uses her Tupperware from the 1980s. That is better than 40 years of stuff being thrown away!
by as530 on February 09, 2021 at 07:26AM