McDonald’s at Sprucefield is celebrating after the restaurant received a Platinum award in the Green and Growing Awards announced by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan MLA.
The McDonald’s restaurant was independently audited by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful (KNIB) across 10 key environmental categories including waste management, general cleanliness, exterior maintenance and litter.
Of the 27 McDonald’s restaurants in Northern Ireland, nine received a Platinum award, 13 merited Gold awards and five achieved Silver, reflecting McDonald’s vision for a cleaner, greener Northern Ireland.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “I very much welcome businesses working to protect and promote the local environment and I commend all of the award winners.
“They have shown real relish here for the environment on a number of levels – reducing waste, recycling and tackling litter outside their premises.”
John McCollum, McDonald’s Franchisee said: “We are delighted to have received such positive feedback from KNIB, and the presentation of nine platinum awards is testament to the hard work of our franchisees and their teams and illustrates McDonald’s ongoing commitment to helping improve the environment and communities which we are a part of.
“Across the business our ethos is to work in partnership with our local stakeholders to support the drive for environmental change on issues such as litter and the need to reduce, reuse and recycle within our restaurants.
“We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful to strengthen our environmental commitments in the year ahead.”
Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said: “Achieving environmental excellence is something that takes time and effort from all staff, so I am delighted to see these strong results, which are testament to McDonald’s real commitment to continuous improvement in Northern Ireland.” The awards have encouraged McDonald’s staff and franchisees to develop strategies which aim to reduce, reuse and recycle while promoting a culture of sustainability and responsibility towards the environment.
Efforts on the part of franchisees have been reflected in this year’s awards which demonstrate McDonald’s commitment to building a cleaner, greener environment across Northern Ireland.