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McDonalds creates Litter Free Zone at beauty spot

Created on 15/06/2022 @ 10:18


McDonalds has joined forces with councillors and Keep Wales Tidy to announce the Welshpool area’s first Litter Free Zone.

There have been complaints about the rubbish created across the area since the new drive-thru opened last year, but the business is doing its bit to keep the area close to its premises litter free, including a popular beauty spot.

As part of the Caru Cymru initiative to eradicate litter, the Litter Free Zones scheme encourages businesses to adopt areas within their communities to keep litter free.

And McDonalds is one of the first businesses in the county to sign up to the new Keep Wales Tidy scheme, meaning they have pledged to not only keep their carpark and outside space clean but have also now adopted the area immediately around their premises, including the Canal and Rivers Trust picnic area near the old Lime Kilns on Buttington Wharf.

“Litter picking can quickly transform an area, from one that looks neglected into somewhere that people can feel proud of,” says Cllr Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys.

“Encouraging businesses and their employees to help keep their local areas clean, tidy and free from litter is all part of the larger Wales-wide Caru Cymru initiative which aims to inspire everyone to take action and care for the environment.

“By working together to create a clean and safe environment, we can build stronger, healthier communities and make a positive difference to our planet.

“We would like to encourage more Powys-based businesses to get involved and adopt a Litter Free Zone. Not only will it show customers they are a responsible business that takes the issue of littering seriously, but allowing staff to be involved with community projects is also proven to help boost productivity, staff moral and retention.

“We are grateful for the support from our Keep Wales Tidy volunteers, who will be able to provide participating businesses with resources and help to publicise their Litter Free Zone status.”

For more information on Litter Free Zones and how you can get involved, click here 

PICTURE: Rachel Palmer from Keep Wales Tidy, James Thompson from Powys County Council, Sarah, Alex and Kieran from McDonalds and Cllr Amanda Jenner.

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