Staff at an Arbroath fast food restaurant were doing their bit for the environment last week as part of a nationwide litter campaign.
Arbroath McDonald’s supported the ‘Transport Litter Week of Action’ campaign run by Zero Waste Scotland which was aimed at highlighting the littering problem along Scotland’s roads and railways.
According to a recent Zero Waste Scotland audit an average of seven bottles and cans can be found on every 100 metres of Scottish roads and rail lines, creating hazards to road users and wildlife, not to mention the money expended to clean it up.
Claire McInally, business manager at the Westway McDonald’s, organises regular community litter picks and staff police up litter in the area at least three times a day.
She said: “It’s unfortunate that there are still some people who think it is acceptable to drop litter on Scotland’s roads and railways.
“Transport litter is a huge frustration for everyone and as well as having an environmental impact, McDonald’s and the partners involved in Zero Waste Scotland’s Transport Litter Group commit considerable resources towards tackling this problem.
“Our restaurant is proud to support the campaign to raise awareness of this issue and to encourage everyone to take personal responsibility and drive their ‘Carbage’ home.”
Zero Waste Scotland director Iain Gulland added: “2014 is set to be an important year for Scotland, with events including the Ryder Cup, Commonwealth Games and Homecoming, so it’s vital that we take steps to clean up the country of its litter problem and show it off at its best.
“Litter on the road and in transport hubs doesn’t just look bad, it’s also a waste of valuable resources.”