Disposable coffee cups should be sold with a 25p "latte levy" to reduce waste and boost recycling rates, according to a new report.
The Committee's report also recommends that all single-use coffee cups are recycled by 2023, and if this isn't in effect by then that there is an outright coffee cup ban.
Huhtamaki, the Finnish foodservice company responsible for the largest share of takeaway cups made in the United Kingdom, started a project late in 2017 to improve recycling availability for the cups alongside the largest food and drinks outlet firms.
It follows research which shows the United Kingdom throws away 2.5 billion paper cups every year, with many consumers believing they are being recycled when less than 1 per cent actually are.
Committee chairwoman Mary Creagh said: 'Almost none are recycled and half-a-million a day are littered.
Government sources said ministers were "open" to the idea of a coffee cup charge if evidence shows it would change behaviour.
Chains Pret A Manger, Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero and Greggs alongside USA firm Starbucks are among the biggest coffee-sellers in Britain and have rapidly expanded in the last 10 years to meet increasing demand. Spokesman Mike Turner said: 'The paper cups we manufacture in the United Kingdom are sustainably sourced, responsibly produced, recyclable and. are being recycled.
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"We think a latte levy will be the kind of charge that will make people think "I need to bring my cup to work today", in the same way that they are moving more and more to reusable plastic bottles".
However, the difficulties surrounding the recycling of coffee cups are manifold: not only are recycling capabilities limited but the majority of cups go straight into the general waste.
Less than 1% of coffee cups in the United Kingdom are recycled.
'Taxing the morning coffee run will not address the issue of litter but it will hurt consumers and impact already struggling high streets'.
The tax would fund plants capable of recycling the cups, persuade people to carry reusable cups and encourage the use of traditional ceramic mugs in workplaces, the report said.
"Coffee shops have been pulling the wool over customers" eyes, telling us their cups can be recycled when less than one per cent are'.
You can access the full "Disposable Packaging: Coffee Cups" report here. Any stores that have in-house recycling options should also label their cups to reflect that.
Dr Laura Foster, head of clean seas at the Marine Conservation Society welcomed the recommendations.