Local residents encouraged to protect the environment
Local residents encouraged to protect the environment

McDonald's helps with Clean Up

VOLUNTEERS across the Southern Downs will gather on Sunday to clean up tonnes of rubbish to help fight climate change and protect the environment as part of this year’s national Clean Up Australia Day campaign.

To celebrate 20 years of partnership with Clean Up Australia Day, McDonald’s Warwick restaurant is encouraging local residents to join their crew at the 75 Albion Street, Clean Up site on Sunday at 9am to help add to the 200,000 tonnes of rubbish already collected nationally since the first Clean Up in 1990.

This year, McDonald’s will also provide a mobile phone collection bin to encourage residents to recycle their old and unused mobile phones. Mobile phones contain highly toxic elements and can create a long-term pollution risk if dumped in landfill.

While 90 per cent of the materials within a mobile phone can be recycled, approximately 70 per cent of Australians have at least one old mobile phone lying unused in a cupboard or drawer at home or in the office.

Clean Up Australia already partners with the Aussie Recycling Program (ARP) and all profits from the recycling of mobile phones at McDonald’s Warwick between March 7 and 15 will help raise money for Clean Up Australia.

McDonald’s Australia, the founding partner and major sponsor of Clean Up Australia Day since the original Sydney Harbour Clean Up 21 years ago, is encouraging the community to get involved.

McDonald’s Warwick licensee, Trevor Burton will be joining his crew and community volunteers at the Clean Up site on Sunday.

“We encourage the entire community to get out there and lend a hand on Clean Up Australia Day. Whether it’s joining us at the site, or simply cleaning up your own backyard; everyone can take the simple steps needed to protect the health of our environment and precious resources,” Mr Burton said.

“McDonald’s Australia is proud to partner with Clean Up Australia Day as we realise the importance of responsible rubbish disposal to help protect the local environment in which we operate.”

Ian Kiernan AO, Clean Up Australia Day chairman, said McDonald’s has played a key role in turning Clean Up Australia Day from a simple clean up of Sydney Harbour 21 years ago, to the successful national event it is today.

“McDonald’s realises the importance of business involvement in protecting our environment and has shown this through their long-term support of Clean Up,” he said.



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