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Posted in News by foodservicefootprint on October 28, 2009

McDonald’s initiative to reach zero waste to landfill has reduced carbon emissions in waste management by 48% thus.

 25 McDonald’s restaurants have their waste collected by Veolia Environmental Services and sent to South East London Combined Heat and Power, an energy recovery facility. There it is converted into energy and channelled into the national grid.

 The scheme was piloted in Sheffield in 2007 and when independently audited by the Carbon Trust was shown to reduce carbon emissions from waste by 54%.

 The initiative is forecast to divert 2,500 tonnes of waste from landfill every year and will generate enough energy to power 22 million light bulbs for one hour – equivalent to supply enough light for one evening of light in every home in London.

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