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We can’t wait until 2042 to tackle our pollution crisis—and coffee cups are just the start

Over 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are land-filled, littered or incinerated every year. The government's plan is a start—but we can't wait that long

By Mary Creagh  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

For most of us, the last thing on our mind before our morning caffeine hit is the environmental impact of the cup it is served in. Still, disposable coffee cups are made mostly of cardboard, and so we are probably in the habit of putting them in a recycling bin. We can then head off to work confident that we have done our bit for the planet.

But consumers have had the wool pulled over their eyes. Over 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are land-filled,…

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