McDonald's work with Falkirk Primary School

New recycling bin donated to hard working primary school by local McDonald's store

Falkirk McDonald's stores have worked closely with Victoria Primary School and have donated a new school bin for their hard work.

In the past the school have had an issue with litter in the playground. At one point the school was banning the kids from eating their playtime snacks in the playground due to the problem they had with litter. They had to eat in the classroom then go out and play.

For the past two years local McDonald stores have supported the Victoria Primary School as part of their Eco Schools Scotland programme to try and solve this problem.  They have joined them on various litter picks to help clean up their playground and teach them the importance of putting their litter in the bin. To thank them for their hard work, the stores donated a bin to the school with a sticker attached that was designed by Alexander (P5). To select a winning sticker they held a competition for pupils. As a prize McDonald's presented Alexander with an art box for future designs.  The pupils asked for the bin to be used as a recycling bin rather than general waste, showing their desire to start recycling more materials within their school.

Teacher Damien Watters said: "We have been working with McDonalds for the past two years as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful's campaign and we did litter picks across the school grounds as part of that. We are hoping next year to do some more litter picks, maybe down at the canal as part of the school community project. McDonald's are also donating a recycling bin to us, and at the moment the school is focusing on recycling plastics."

Elliot Jardine, local franchisee, congratulated the school: "We are delighted to support this school as part of their eco project. We recognise the efforts they are making to reduce litter in their school grounds and as a reward for this I am thrilled to donate a bin for them to use for recycling waste."

This hard work will contribute to Victoria Primary Schools's Eco School's Scotland Green Flag, which they have held since 2012. The Eco-Schools Scotland whole school, pupil led approach supports schools to deliver on each pupil’s entitlement to Learning for Sustainability. As can be see through Victoria Primary’s fantastic work the Eco-Schools programme has supported collaboration with community partners so pupils can have a positive impact on their own community.

Anne-Marie Robb, Education and Learning Coordinator, Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “It is great to see Victoria Primary School’s Eco-Schools work evolving through their cooperation with community partners. Pupils collaborating with the McDonalds franchise in Falkirk to tackle litter and recycling enabled these young people to both set a great example and take the lead in helping their local environmental quality change for the better. Congratulations!”


03 September 2018

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