The German city of Hanover is taking on the disposable coffee cup culture with a reusable cup scheme. Coffee drinkers can pick up a cup for a small fee, which they get back upon returning it.
The town's Green party mayor said that single-use items shouldn't be cheaper than recyclable ones. "In Tübingen, we address evil at its root," he said.
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The Environmental Audit Committee wants to tax coffee cups and put the money toward improving recycling facilities. Britain uses 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups each year, but only recycles 1 percent.
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