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A grande Cafe Nero, large Costa Coffee and venti-sized Starbucks cups in London. (Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
A grande Cafe Nero, large Costa Coffee and venti-sized Starbucks cups in London. (Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
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Lawmakers in the United Kingdom are debating a new tax on disposable cups in an effort to cut down on waste. The so-called "latte levy" is controversial, but proponents say it could replicate the success of Britain's tax on plastic bags, which led to an 80 percent reduction in plastic bag use since it was introduced in 2015.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Simon Ellin, chief executive of The Recycling Association.

This segment aired on January 17, 2018.

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