UK and Irish Republic environment ministers have met to discuss food waste prevention measures.
Resources minister Therese Coffey chaired the 14th British-Irish Council (BIC) environment ministerial meeting in Guernsey on 4 November, where topics included the challenges faced by administrations when tackling food waste and boosting the quality and quantity of recycling.
The event was attended by ministers from all eight BIC member administrations: the UK and Irish Governments, the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Governments of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.
Ministers agreed to work together to develop ideas around policy interventions and initiatives to tackle food waste and recycling.
Coffey said she discussed WRAP’s Courtauld 2025 commitment to reduce food waste by 20% by 2025, and the UK’s increase in recycling from 13,000 tonnes in 2000 to 330,000 tonnes in 2015.
She said: “Everyone has their part to play to protect our environment, which is why it is so important that we continue to work together with partners across the UK and our closest neighbours to tackle these issues.
“It is vital for our shared environment and our economies that we make the most of our resources. But we know there is more to do, and the council shows how we are working together to further increase recycling and reduce food waste.
“Co-operation through forums like the BIC means we can develop solutions that are right for each area, working closely with the waste and recycling industry and partners, to accomplish our shared goal of making the best use of our resources.”
President of Guernsey’s committee for the environment and infrastructure Barry Brehaut said: “As demonstrated again today, the council provides excellent opportunities to share expertise, best practice, resources and ideas.”
Other ministers present included the Scottish environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham, Welsh environment secretary Lesley Griffiths and Irish natural resources minister Seán Kyne.
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