A cup of coffee

To recycle or to ban? That is the question

The coffee cup crusade continues

The Coffee Cup Crusade is well underway, but some people are still non-believers of the ban – they think recycling should do the trick.

What it means: The Scottish government banned single use cups in its main buildings last week, and the Welsh government will do the same by 2021.

Parliament as a latte levy on cups, and places like Starbucks have started charging 5p per cup, leading to a 150% increase in the number of people bringing reusable cups instead.

But one Scottish manufacturer, who also happens to be a spokesperson for the Paper Cup Alliance, says all these bans are unnecessary: we should simply get better at recycling UK-produced paper cups.

The issue with coffee cups is they've got a plastic lining underneath the paper which makes them tough to recycle. There are five facilities nationwide that can do it, and create jobs all the while – it's just about getting the many, many, hundreds of thousands of cups to those facilities every day.

It's all part of a bigger conversation happening across the EU about recycling vs banning: they've just put forward a proposal to ban all single use cutlery, cotton buds, and straws across much of the continent, promising it'll save around £188bn in the next 12 years.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

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