The Minister of State for the Circular Economy is introducing an environmental levy on single-use cups for hot drinks to incentivise people to choose to re-use and to help reduce single-use waste. The levy will also encourage more people to think about other steps they can take in their daily lives to reduce waste and contribute to climate action.
The levy on single-use disposable cups is being introduced to incentivise people to choose to re-use and will work in a similar way to the plastic bag levy. The target date for the making of the levy regulations is December 2022. At least three months will be provided to allow appropriate preparation and transitional arrangements to be made before the levy is applied.
Under the new regulations:
Customers who purchase their hot drink in a single-use disposable cup will be charged the levy at the point of sale. Customers who choose to purchase their hot drink in a reusable cup will not be charged the levy. Many have already made this switch and many cafes and shops have been incentivising the use of reusable cups by providing a discount when you bring your own cup
The proposed levy will be charged at a flat rate of 20 cent, applicable to all single-use disposable cups containing a hot drink, including those described as compostable, biodegradable or recyclable. Compostable, biodegradable or recyclable cups are single-use, and the overall aim is to move away from single use towards reuse. These cups do not minimise the use of resources and if not disposed of correctly, add to waste for disposal
The levy will be shown as a separate charge on the invoice/receipt
The proceeds from the levy will be ringfenced in a Circular Economy Fund for projects relating to environmental and climate action objectives and will be administered by the Department. The specific types of projects which can be funded through this Fund are set out in Section 8 of the Circular Economy Act
All businesses / traders who sell hot drinks in single-use disposable cups will be required to register for the levy with the Collection Authority, when appointed. Guidance, like that provided for the plastic bag levy, will be made available to retailers in due course
This consultation has three strands – public consultation, retailer consultation and other stakeholder engagement - and will be open for a period of six weeks, closing at 5.30pm on 25 November 2022
This strand of the consultation is targeted at members of the public and consumers of takeaway beverages.
You can submit your views on the levy through a short survey which can be completed anonymously online. It is not necessary to answer all questions, additional comments are also welcome.
This strand of the consultation is targeted at all other stakeholders. This includes any individual or entity not covered under the other strands, businesses operating in the cup manufacturing, distribution or related industries, public sector bodies, NGOs, business and citizen representative bodies and all other interested parties.
If you are having trouble accessing either of the surveys, you can contact us, or send a submission to us at SingleUse@decc.gov.ie
or by post:
Circular Economy - Materials Management Division
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
The closing date for submissions is 5.30pm 25 November 2022
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered before the final version of the Regulations are published.
Please note that responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI), Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2018 (AIE) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
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