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Latte levy must trigger an all-out assault on plastic waste

October 18, 2019 12:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to the announcement that, after campaigning by the Scottish Liberal Democrats and others, the Scottish Government will introduce a charge on single-use cups, Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Rebecca Bell said:

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have been called for a latte levy for some time so this is a step in the right direction.

"We have seen with the plastic bag tax that measures like this are extremely effective at cutting the enormous amount of waste we generate. Experts have suggested a charge of 25p but it will now be up to the public and parliament to decide on what the appropriate level is.

"The Scottish Government must ensure that the Circular Economy bill is the trigger for an all-out assault on the scourge of plastic waste. That would be good for both our beautiful landscape and the environment."