McDonald’s staff take on Lido litter problem

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PETERHEAD’s Lido received a Spring clean last week with the help of McDonald’s franchisee, Geoff Cooper, staff from his McDonald’s restaurant in Peterhead, and 24 members of Peterhead Boys Football Club.

The volunteers got together on April 13 to do their part to keep Aberdeenshire beautiful by cleaning up the Lido beach and the surrounding area.

The 40-strong team donned high visibility jackets and armed themselves with litter pickers to cover the stretch from the Peterhead restaurant to Lido beach.

Mr Cooper and his team ensured the area was free of all litter, regardless of its origin, collecting 21 bags of rubbish throughout the morning, including a rusty old chair found on the beach and an oil barrel.

The event, organised by Geoff and Peterhead McDonald’s shift manager Lisa Simpson, was held in support of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean campaign which encourages volunteers to collect as much litter as possible and help clean up the whole country - just in time for summer.

Commenting on the activity Mr Cooper said: “Litter is unsightly and it causes a damaging effect on our environment.

“I feel it’s important my colleagues and I do our bit to stop litter blighting the area and help restore those places in need of a spring clean.

“The litter pick was a chance for us to give the community a sense of civic pride, as well as raise awareness that littering is unacceptable.

“I’d like to thank Lisa for organising the litter event, all my Peterhead staff and the Peterhead Boys Football Club for their participation and hard work.

“We’ve all got a responsibility - I think if we all contribute to tackling the problem then litter can be reduced in our community.”

Geoff and Lisa’s event is just one of a number of McDonald’s National Spring Clean events taking place throughout April and May in Scotland.

The involvement of businesses, such as McDonald’s, helps to bolster the spirits of other volunteers throughout the country in the battle against litter.