Volunteers collect more than 50 bags of rubbish in Raunds

The clean-up in Raunds organised by McDonalds
The clean-up in Raunds organised by McDonalds

More than 60 volunteers armed with litter pickers helped collect dozens of bags of rubbish from their community.

McDonald’s franchisee Perry Akhtar and crew from his Raunds service station restaurant joined forces with Raunds mayor Helen Howell, local councillors, Thrapston Town FC under 11s, the 2nd Raunds St Peters Brownie Group and the 1st Stanwick St Lawrence Brownie Group to clean up Raunds Cemetery and the surrounding area.

The clean-up in Raunds organised by McDonalds

The clean-up in Raunds organised by McDonalds

During the past two years, Perry’s restaurants have worked to spruce up Raunds cemetery by planting more than 150 trees and carrying out annual maintenance in the area.

The litter party, made up of more 60 volunteers, including 30 McDonald’s crew members, donned high visibility jackets and were armed with litter pickers to tidy up the area.

The team helped to give the area a refreshing overhaul by repainting the cemetery benches, weeding the pathways and replanting the flower beds.

More than 50 bags of litter were also collected, as the volunteers looked to encourage the community to take responsibility for keeping their neighbourhood litter-free and to take pride in their local environment.

This event is just one of a number of McDonald’s clean-ups which have taken place across the UK as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-littering campaign, Love Where You Live.

The campaign and partnership is now in its fifth year and continues to encourage communities to take action and work together to tackle litter in their area.

Keep Britain Tidy’s interim CEO Rich McIlwain said: “McDonald’s has shown a real commitment to tackling the problem of litter, both through their own businesses practices and through their work with communities to clear up.”

Since McDonald’s began supporting the ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign, more than 1,000 events and activity days have been organised by restaurant staff in the UK, involving more than 30,000 volunteers.

Perry Akhtar, local McDonald’s franchisee, said: “It was great to see everyone from the Raunds area come together to take action against litter and I’d like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work.

“We as a business understand the important role we play in making the area a better place and it’s been fantastic being able to return to Raunds cemetery to ensure our hard work continues year on year.

“Community events like this one help make a big impact on the local area, and when local businesses like mine and community members such as mayor Helen Howell work together, we are able to achieve so much more and this event is a perfect example of this.”

Aside from larger litter events such as these, McDonald’s restaurants patrol the streets at least three times a day to collect all litter that has been discarded, regardless of its origin.

Crew members across the UK cover a total of 3,000 miles each week on litter patrols, which equates to 150,000 miles a year and the distance of five marathons each year per store.

In addition to the annual Keep Britain Tidy litter events and daily patrols, many restaurants have now begun to get involved in events such as painting walls and replanting trees and flowers that improve local community areas.