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Single-use plastic coffee cups to be banned in Scottish Government offices

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The Scottish government is banning single-use plastic coffee cups in its buildings to reduce the impact of plastic pollution.  

Hot drinks will be served in reusable ceramic mugs in cafes and canteens at offices including St Andrew’s House and Victoria Quay in Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Atlantic Quay. 

Staff have also been urged to bring in their own mugs for takeaways.

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The government said that the move would prevent 450,000 plastic cups from being thrown away annually.  

Scottish environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The Scottish Government is determined to lead by example when it comes to tackling the scourge of plastic littering our countryside and polluting our seas. 

“We are currently considering what other single-use items can be reduced and removed from Scottish Government buildings later this year.” 

The Scottish Government has appointed an expert panel to examine further options on disposable cups and plastic straws. 

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