Single-use disposable cups: EPECOM recommendations

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.

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.



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