Last week I was asked to take part in a Keep Up The Clean Up event with McDonald’s Sheffield. As a Sheffield girl born and bred, I love my city and so I jumped at the chance to help out with keeping our community clean and tidy.
Ahead of the event I took to Facebook and Instagram to ask my local followers where in the city they would like to see cleaned up. There was a mixture of responses including locations such as Victoria Quays, Fir Vale and Broomhall. But the majority voted for Hillsborough Park, which I was actually really pleased about as it’s our local park and somewhere I often take the children.
On the day of the event I met up with the McDonald’s team in the park and was amazed at the amount of volunteers that had turned up to help. There was a total of 44 volunteers from three McDonald’s restaurants, what an amazing turn out!
We decided to split up into groups and head to different areas of the park, it’s quite a large area so we wanted to make sure we covered as much ground as possible.
It was great to have the opportunity to speak with some of the local franchisees and find out more about how McDonald’s help to keep the UK tidy. Since 1982, McDonald’s has been collecting the litter that’s dropped in the area around their restaurants and for the past 12 years they have been working with environment charities on bigger clean-up events across the UK.
Although I knew about McDonald’s recent switch to paper straws, what I didn’t know is that they are committed to having 100% recyclable packaging in all restaurants by 2025. I was also pleased to hear about their target of zero waste sent to landfill by 2020 and that most restaurants actually reached this early, in 2017.
I was amazed at the amount of rubbish we managed to collect during the event. On the face of it, the park didn’t look too bad but when you take a closer look there really is litter everywhere. The amount of plastic I collected was really quite shocking and a lot of it looked like it had been there for years.
At the end of the Keep Up The Clean Up event we all came back together and were able to see just how much litter had been collected during the morning. Each volunteer had a bag of their own which was either full, or very nearly full which is amazing for a mornings work.
This summer McDonald’s restaurants up and down the country will be coming together to Keep Up the Clean Up in the local area, as chosen by customers. You can search the #KUTCU hashtag on social media to see what’s going on in your local area.
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*Disclaimer – This post is part of a paid project with McDonald’s UK and BritMums, promoting McDonald’s Keep Up the Clean Up campaign encouraging local communities to take action and work together to tackle litter in their area*