The EPA hosted its 3rd Forum on Food Waste in Dublin on 10 July, 2019, which focused on the importance of measuring food waste and thereby identifying methods in reducing it. In his address Minister Bruton noted that approximately 80% of all food waste comes from industry, which is estimated to lose Irish businesses over €2 billion annually. Irish businesses were encouraged to sign up to the Food Waste Charter and look at ways they can reduce food waste in their operations.
Ireland has been making significant progress and has been successful in the introduction of waste segregation with other countries looking to Ireland for good practices.
There has been a considerable growth in the usage of the Brown bin across Irish households, with an increase in the amount of organic waste recorded in brown bins, of 19,000 tonnes to 113,000 tonnes between 2008 and 2018.
Odile Le Bolloch of the EPA gave a presentation on 'Measuring what matters' which was the primary focus of the forum and Sarah Broderick of the Clean Technology Centre, CIT presented an EPA research report on Reducing Commercial Food Waste in Ireland.
Iain Clunie of Zero Waste Scotland outlined Scotland's plans to reduce food waste, and FoodCloud provided an update on their efforts to facilitate businesses in cutting down on food waste by donating surplus food to charities.
On 30 December 2019, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment announced a public consultation, in order to determine how the government should move forward with developing a new waste action policy, including reducing food waste that will meet the challenges set out in the Climate Action Plan.