Fast-food workers go on clean-up operation

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Fast-food workers and council staff have been out on a joint mission to clean the streets of a South Yorkshire town.

Twenty workers from the Doncaster Road branch of McDonald’s in Rotherham joined five members of Rotherham Council’s Streetpride team for an ‘extensive clean-up and litter pick’.

The combined cleaning team set off from the restaurant and worked along Fitzwilliam Road to St. Anne’s subway and the town centre.

The council supplied the high-visibility vests, gloves, litter picking tools, bags and sharps kits.

After the four-hour clean up, 42 bags of rubbish were taken away by Streetpride for disposal.

Craig Buck, business manager for Rotherham’s McDonald’s, said: “At McDonald’s we support our local communities and work alongside local authorities, schools and clubs to run some great initiatives.

“The Love Where you Live campaign is something I feel a real passion for and through the campaign we can make a real difference in our communities.

“It was great to show a united front working alongside the Rotherham authorities to make a small wave in what is such a big ocean and opens doors to new local initiatives to make Rotherham a great place to be.”

Coun Richard Russell, council cabinet member for waste and emergency planning, said: “McDonald’s helped to display it’s social conscience by taking part in this litter pick.

“Obviously, it won’t be just McDonald’s litter they were picking up, but all and any refuse.

“We hope this will be the first of many collaborations with McDonald’s and together we can help keep Rotherham a cleaner place to live and work.”