24-hour litter picking event covers 24 miles across the city

Milton Keynes Mcdonald's franchisee organises a 24-hour litter picking event covering 24 miles across the city
Milton Keynes Mcdonald's franchisee organises a 24-hour litter picking event covering 24 miles across the city

McDonald’s crew from across Milton Keynes joined forces to carry out a 24 hour litter pick.

With help from Milton Keynes City Centre Management, Serco, the Open Door charity and the Woburn and Wavendon Lions football team, the event was organised to celebrate the Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign.

The second event of its kind in the city continued to encourage local communities to take action and work together to look after the environment.

The event, which began at 10am on Friday, August 7 and ended at 10am on Saturday, August 8, saw a team of 50 McDonald’s staff and community volunteers tag team throughout the day working for hours at a time to collect litter across the city.

There were 40 McDonald’s employees from the Xscape, Kingston, Bletchley, Brickhill, Westcroft, Arena and Central Milton Keynes restaurants, seven players from the U14 Woburn and Wavendon Lions football team and 3 volunteers Milton Keynes Open Door charity involved.

Franchisee Ken Tomkins organised a 24 hour/24 mile litter pick for the first time in July 2014 and wanted to do the same event this year as it was such a success.

Of the 50 volunteers involved, five McDonald’s staff took part in the full 24 hours.

The group began at the Xscape restaurant at 10am on Friday morning and covered 24 miles before finishing at the Central Milton Keynes restaurant at 10am on Saturday morning.

Ken Tomkins is very active in working in the local community to improve the environment and tackle litter. He has organised eight events since becoming a franchisee in November 2011.

As well as having completed the 24 hour/24 mile litter pick, in April this year Ken organised a huge city centre clean up with 60 volunteers and has been involved, along with Milton Keynes City Centre Management, in the city’s preparations for the Rugby World Cup which takes place in September, painting city centre street furniture such as benches, bike racks and bollards to spruce up the area.

Franchisee Ken Tomkins 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.

“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.

“I’m extremely proud of my team who have taken part in several community litter initiatives to make Milton Keynes a better place to live.

“It has been a great way to help educate both our customers and local residents on the importance of not littering and to consistently build better bonds with the community.

“I hope we can build upon this success and look forward to continuing to work with the local community to keep Milton Keynes a beautiful place to live and work.”

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

In England specifically, 2014 saw 364 events take place with a total of 12,059 people taking part.

For further information on McDonald’s commitment to the environment click here.