Arcos Dorados’ (McDonald’s developmental licensee in Latin America) Brazil Natal Project seeks to reduce water consumption by collecting condensation. The idea came from a maintenance technician working at a McDonald’s restaurant in Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. The technician realized that the air conditioner generated a large quantity of water from condensation that could be reused.
Arcos Dorados developed a collection and storage system for the water generated through condensation from the air conditioning equipment. They used the collected water to clean external areas and to water plants.
With the initiative, McDonald’s Brazil reduced overall daily water consumption at the restaurant from 8,000 liters to 6,800 liters. The initiative earned the technician the President’s Award, the highest honor for Brazilian employees. The project has been expanded to other restaurants, and, today, 47 systems have been installed nationwide. Arcos Dorados is currently planning to expand the project to other countries in the region.