McDonald’s UK is looking for the safest and most responsible means of waste disposal available. The long-term objective is to achieve zero waste to landfill.
Eleven McDonald’s restaurants in the Sheffield area participate in a pilot scheme, in which waste from the restaurants is converted into electricity and heat for local buildings.
The program was so successful that it has now been expanded to more than 200 restaurants. Each restaurant avoids sending more than 75 tons of waste a year to landfill. The energy produced from the recycled waste provides electricity which is either fed into the national grid, or in areas like Sheffield, directly produces heating for local buildings. Analysis by The Carbon Trust shows that this method of waste disposal can reduce annual carbon emissions from waste management by up to 50 percent.