Declaring war on litter louts

Spalding McDonald's staff out litter picking are Dom Uglow, Natasha Viglianti and Scott Eden.
Spalding McDonald's staff out litter picking are Dom Uglow, Natasha Viglianti and Scott Eden.
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Staff at a Spalding fast food outlet plan to use the power of the Big Mac to clean up the area’s grot spots.

They have held a few small litter picks around McDonald’s in Holbeach Road but now plan to get more residents involved.

Martin Roberts, shift manager, said: “We want to do something big and get more people involved in cleaning up a wider area.

“Before we’ve just concentrated on a one-mile radius and it’s just been members of staff, but we’d like to expand on this, venture further and perhaps even adopt a park that’s run-down to spruce up.

“We’re planning to hook up with South Holland District Council’s Litter Blitz and get in touch with groups such as the local scouts – getting involved in the campaign would be a great way for members to get their litter picking badges.

“Then we’d hope to be able to make it a regular event and organise big litter picks every quarter.”

The most recent litter pick McDonald’s held was last 
July. Martin, who is also also the outlet’s planet champion, said: “On that occasion there were six of us and we collected about two bags of rubbish each.

“In spite of what people might think it was general stuff – not just waste from our takeaway – although we wish more people would use the bins provided or take the rubbish home with them.

“I became planet champion for McDonald’s two years ago so that I could actively get involved in caring for the environment and recycling because I can’t stand seeing rubbish lying around.

“Hopefully, aiming big will make people think about caring for their environment.”

Anyone interested in getting more information or joining one of the litter picks should email Martin on

* Council officials are “lovin’ it” that McDonald’s wishes to get involved in the Litter Blitz.

The campaign encourages members of the community to be responsible for an area of their choice and was launched by South Holland District Council last September.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, said: “The take-up has been good in the villages but there are still grot spots around town that out street teams would welcome support with.

“We’re not asking people to do our job for us - just to help.

“McDonald’s interest is good news and we will be in touch. Summer isn’t far off and that is when we especially need help in places like the skate park.

”If someone would like to get involved with the Litter Blitz it doesn’t matter how small the area is.

“It could be a bus stop or outside a local shop. However small we will do all we can to support them.”