Volunteers from McDonald's clean up Southampton train station

Volunteers at Swathling train station
Volunteers at Swathling train station

MORE than 10 volunteers grabbed litter pickers and helped clean up a Southampton train station.

Staff members from the McDonald’s restaurants in Swaythling, Eastleigh, and Chandlers Ford teamed up to host a clean-up of the Swaythling Train Station in Southampton.

More than 10 volunteers came to the rescue that day and helped with the cleanup.

While some group members helped with weeding the platform and planters, others attempted to plant fresh flowers and clear trash and debris from the platforms' sides.

McDonald’s franchisee Tony Bennett, who owns and operates 18 restaurants in the local area, said: "I’m so proud of my team for giving up their time to do their bit for our fellow Swaythling residents.

"McDonald’s has been committed to fighting litter in local communities for 40 years, and we are passionate about doing what we can to combat the issue locally.

During the Easter weekend, the volunteers were also joined by the former local councillor, Bob Painton, and Mark Miller from the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership.

Tony added: "The station plays a key role within the local community, not just for transport but for the free food bank Bob Painton organises every Saturday, and I am very happy that we have been able to help improve its look."

The efforts were continued inside the station, with the crew members helping to clean and prep the interiors for an upcoming refurbishment.

McDonald's organised the UK's largest ever litter pick last month, as it celebrated 40 years of formally collecting litter in local communities, with three litter picks conducted by every restaurant team each day for one week across the UK and Ireland.

So far, the fast-food chain's volunteers have collected an average of 27 tonnes of litter per year, covering a total of 5,000 miles each week.

McDonald's is attempting to become more sustainable, despite the fact that it still uses thousands of tonnes of unnecessary packaging.

It currently has recycling stations in over 1,100 of its restaurants, recycles coffee cups from all coffee shops, and is working on a new paper straw industry standard.

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