Publication - Independent report

Single-use disposable cups: EPECOM recommendations

Published: 17 Jul 2019
Environment and Forestry Directorate
Part of:
Environment and climate change

The first report from Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures (EPECOM) sets out its recommendations to tackle the dependence on, and environmental impact of, single-use disposable beverage cups in Scotland.

Single-use disposable cups: EPECOM recommendations
Key Enablers

Key Enablers

The Panel consider that the following key enablers are vital to delivering change.

  • System change and transformational leadership will be required from both public sector and commercial bodies to achieve sustainable cultural, organisational and individual behavioural change, building on voluntary measures already underway. 
  • Proportionate, targeted legislation and regulatory frameworks should be utilised, where appropriate, to drive further positive change.
  • Existing levers, including licensing regimes and procurement and performance frameworks, should be used to embed the importance of waste prevention and sustainable consumption and to drive change.