Helping to keep Britain tidy

McDonald's restaurants are very much a part of the local communities in which they operate and quite naturally, therefore, take pride in the appearance of the local environment. Our commitment to our local communities is to 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, employees have been going out every day to collect litter that’s been dropped in the local areas around our restaurants. During their daily patrols, employees pick up all litter, not just McDonald’s packaging, to keep the streets clean around our restaurants.

We even have full-time Litter Champions in London, Liverpool and Glasgow, whose sole responsibility is to pick up all litter along routes in city centres.

Community clean up events

We work closely with Tidy charities Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. Each year, large numbers of McDonald’s restaurants run clean-up events in their local communities in conjunction with these charities. In 2013, our restaurant teams organised more than 400 clean up events, and over 13,500 staff and local volunteers got involved.

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