Earlier this year the former environment minister Rory Stuart said it was"absurd" that Britain has so many different recycling systems.
Futures Forum: Trying to improve the quality of recycled waste
The Government’s environment minister turned out at Croyde to help out at a beach clean. Thérèse Coffey MP offered a helping hand to Surfers Against Sewage’s Big Spring Beach Clean – an annual event to clean up beaches nationwide and encourage more single-use plastic to be recycled.
Futures Forum: What's your plastic footprint? ... What's your nerdle count?
Environment minister Therese Coffey said the Government is developing a new litter strategy which could address the issue of one-use plastic bottles which are not recycled at home.
Futures Forum: Campaign to >>> Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans > gathering pace
Recycling Minister Rory Stewart recently suggested that a charge, like that levied on plastic bags, could be placed on takeaway coffee cups too. But the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) responded saying there are in fact no plans for such a thing.
Futures Forum: Your takeaway coffee cup is not recyclable
Britain should turn swathes of its upland pastures into woodland to help prevent flooding, according to a former environment minister, Lord Rooker. He said new forests would slow flooding by trapping water with their roots.
Futures Forum: Devon County to plant more trees - to help prevent flooding and help wildlife
The Marine Environment Minister, George Eustice, said: "It's vital that we protect our marine environment to ensure our seas remain healthy, our fishing industry remains prosperous, and future generations can enjoy our beautiful beaches."
Futures Forum: Marine Conservation Zones: again, not for Lyme Bay...
Not all previous Ministers have been overly-praised, however:
It also means our ghastly Environment Minister Andrea Leadsom telling the Conservative Party conference how great it is that the UK exports nan bread to India (see Andrea Leadsom: 'We sell naan bread to India' - YouTube)
Futures Forum: Brexit: and challenging the so-twentieth-century model ...
Nowhere, as far as I can discover, in Liz Truss’s speeches or writing before she was appointed, is there any sign of prior interest in the natural world or its protection... She seems determined to dismantle the protections that secure our quality of life: the rules and agencies defending the places and wildlife we love.
Futures Forum: Is the Environment a Public Good? ... or... Do we need 'bureaucracy and regulation' to protect the environment?
The question is open as to how the latest Environment Minister (and how long will he last...) sees his role - and how others see him in this role:
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