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Single-use coffee cups are to be hit with a levy of up to 25 cent under new government plans to tackle plastic waste.

In an attempt to reduce Ireland’s plastic waste, the government has announced a number of measures to change consumer and business behaviour.

Minister Richard Bruton announced that a number of levy’s will be put in place to tackle the issue.

On the introduction of a coffee cup levy, the minister said it “has clear benefits for the environment, when you consider that 22,000 disposable coffee and tea cups are used every hour. Our first response must be to reduce the amount of waste created in the first place”.

-Noah Harte