Helping to keep Britain tidy

McDonald's restaurants are very much a part of the local communities in which they operate and restaurant staff and our franchisees take pride in the appearance of the local environment. We tackle litter in as many different ways as we can. As well as daily litter patrols, we also hold regular local clean-up events together with the national Tidy charities.

Raising awareness

We actively encourage customers to dispose of their waste responsibly, through messages on our packaging and by providing bins and signage both in and around our restaurants.

Litter patrols

Since 1982, restaurant employees have been going out every day to collect litter that’s been dropped in the local areas around McDonald’s restaurants. During their daily patrols, employees pick up many different types of litter, not just McDonald’s packaging, to help keep the streets clean in the surrounding areas. Almost 150,000 miles are walked every year by employees picking up litter as part of these patrols.

Community clean up events

We work closely with the following Tidy charities: Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, and Capital Clean Up in London. We were one of the founding members of Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-littering campaign “Love Where You Live”, and continue to sponsor this programme. Each year, large numbers of McDonald’s restaurants run clean-up events in their local communities in conjunction with these charities. In 2015, restaurant teams organised over 380 clean up events, and over 11,000 staff members and local volunteers got involved.

With thousands of restaurant employees involved in litter clean-up events around the country, we hope that we can encourage more people to take pride in their local area and reduce the amount of litter on our streets.

To find out how you can get involved with events in your area please visit the website of your Tidy charity.

If you would like to know more, or have a specific query, please visit What Makes McDonald’s.