McDonald’s help to keep town beautiful

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McDonald’s Franchisee Geoff Cooper and crew from the Peterhead restaurant have joined forces with community groups Pick Up Peterhead and Keep Scotland Beautiful to clean up the Invernettie area in town.

The group embarked on the challenge to spruce up the area which is known in the community as a problem spot for littering.

The litter event took place on Wednesday, July 8, with a fantastic turnout of volunteers. There were 16 McDonald’s staff who volunteered to take part and ten members from Pick Up Peterhead, a local litter group affiliated with the Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative.

The team swept the Invernettie area to pick up as much discarded rubbish as possible. Together the 26 volunteers successfully collected 35 bags of rubbish including two huge lorry tyres.

This is just one of a number of McDonald’s clean-up events which have taken place across Scotland as part of its ongoing support of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s ‘Clean Up Scotland’ campaign since 2007.

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

Mr Cooper, said: “It was great to see everyone 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. Whilst in the first instance we are keen to actively discourage littering, community events like this one help make a big impact on the local area.

“When local businesses like mine and community members work together we are able to achieve so much more and this event is a perfect example of this.”

Theresa Ritchie from Pick Up Peterhead added: “We are very passionate about keeping Peterhead looking its best and are aware of our responsibility as community members to do everything we can to ensure the town remains clean and tidy.

“We thank everyone for their hard work and dedication during the event – even through the rain!”