Introduce a 25p "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups - this 25p charge is paid by the customer - there's no charge if you bring a reusable cup.
The government's environmental watchdog, the EAC (Environmental Audit Committee*) have today released a report recommending that a 25p charge is added to hot drinks served in disposable takeaway cups.
The Committee also called on Government to ensure all coffee cups are recycled by 2023.
The UK generates 30,000 tonnes of coffee cup waste a year - enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall.
But industry body The Paper Cup Alliance rejected the report's recommendations.
"The UK has woken up and smelled the coffee cup nightmare", celebrity chef and environmental campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, said in a statement welcoming the report.
Committee chairwoman Mary Creagh said: 'Almost none are recycled and half-a-million a day are littered.
In the United Kingdom 2.5bn takeaway coffee cups are used and thrown away each year - enough to stretch around the world five-and-a-half-times.
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Commenting on the paper cups report, the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCCRG) said that improvements to infrastructure, alongside changing consumer behavior through education and conveniently located collection/recycling points could create more sustainable paper cup supply chain. The trial will begin next month and initially last for three months. Pret a Manger CEO Clive Schlee, writing for HuffPost about the chain's recent decision to introduce a 50p discount for customers bringing a reusable cup, said: "We debated whether charging people for using paper cups felt right".
"We recognise there is growing concern about the number of single-use paper cups being used and that our customers are interested in ways we can help them reduce, reuse and recycle", said a Starbucks spokeswoman. Costa is also collecting cups from rival brands in its shops.
"Finally, we will continue to remind customers through our in-store marketing about the ongoing 25p cup discount and the benefits of going reusable". Criticised at first, it has made a discernible difference, hence why this latest proposal should be regarded as an opportunity to protect the environment rather than just another tax that milks consumers.
A 5p charge on coffee cups was first proposed by the Liberal Democrats after it emerged previous year that only one in 400 was being recycled.
Calls to make people pay more to use disposable coffee cups - a plan already being considered in Wales - have been taken up by a committee of MPs.
Numbers of the throwaway cups have hugely increased in recent years.
This comes after the success of the plastic bag 5p tax which saw an 85% reduction in the amount of single-use plastic bags handed out, taking 6 billion plastic bags out of circulation in just the first year of the tax being in force.
"Whether or not the Government is willing to consider a levy, there is still a lot more work to be done by all the stakeholders involved to develop a sensible solution to this very modern waste problem".