McDonald's take on Spring Clean with a Clean Up with Scottish Canals

We teamed up with over 70 volunteers from the local nieghbourhood and 11 McDonald’s restaurants across Edinburgh to Clean Up a section of the Union Canal.

During the bank holiday, over 70 people worked together and walked from Calders Canal, through the Towpath, to the Wester Hailes area and back, picking up litter, messy weeds and debris, to clean up the popular walking paths. The enthusiasm across the community led to a strong turn out and 87 bags of rubbish being collected.

For the past two months, local franchisees Ryan Straub, Elliot Jardine, Graham Angus and Operations Consultant Martin Lomax, who own and operate the 11 restaurants across Edinburgh, have been working with Keep Scotland Beautiful and Scottish Canals to organise this mass clean up. There was a lot of support from local community groups and individuals that helped the McDonald's staff tackle the litter along the canal paths. Also in attendance were the Forth Canoe Club, Edinburgh Schools Kayak Club, and Councillor Gavin Corbett and Councillor Sue Webber. It was great to see so many individuals work together to clean the paths and water. 

We appreciated the hospitality from Bridge8 Hub who kindly provided all volunteers with teas/coffees and even bacon rolls. They also supplied canoes and kayaks to volunteers who wanted to Clean Up in the water.

Local McDonald’s franchisee Elliot Jardine, who owns operates the restaurants in Newbridge and Corstorphine said: “It’s a key priority of McDonald’s to ensure that the local area remains free of litter – especially in Edinburgh, as the summer is such a busy time! I was really proud to see so many people come together in this citywide effort and we’re all looking forward to the next one already.”

Carole Nobel, our Operations Director said: “I am delighted that McDonald’s has agreed to support our Clean Up Scotland’s campaign with such a huge event. As a brand it has been active in championing litter prevention activity for many years. The support from McDonald’s crew members and customers will be invaluable in helping raise awareness of the litter that surrounds us.”

 John McGowan, Volunteer Coordinator for Scottish Canals said: “We’ve enjoyed working with McDonald’s and Keep Scotland Beautiful on this event. Volunteering is making an impact to the maintenance on Scottish Canals and following this litter picking event on the Union Canal we will help protect the wildlife and have improved the look of the area. We need to continue working hard to change the public's understanding of discarding litter and encourage everyone to take their litter home with them.”


McDonald’s has supported Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Clean Up Scotland litter campaign since 2007. Last year saw 50 events take place across Scotland, with a total of around 1,250 volunteers taking part. In addition to the annual Clean Up Scotland litter events and daily patrols, many restaurants get involved in regeneration projects, such as painting walls and replanting trees and flowers, to improve local community areas.


Are you interested in tackling litter over Spring Clean? Register an event with us here. Alternatively, you can join an existing event using our Clean Up events map.

03 May 2018

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