McDonald's litter causes a headache for villager

Bucks Free Press: The drive through in Dovecot Road The drive through in Dovecot Road

A FED-UP resident has criticised irresponsible McDonald's customers for the amount of litter which has been thrown at the side of village roads since a new restaurant opened.

Oliver Driscoll, from Bryants Bottom, said he has seen waste from the fast food chain increase dramatically since the drive through opened in Dovecot Road in November.

The 39-year-old freelance technician said: "I've lived in Bryants Bottom for the last ten years and never seen as much McDonald's waste as I've seen in the last four months.

"We walk our dog in Bradenham and we see it in laybys on the way and the Hughenden Valley is now awash with it- we're the distance and time it takes to eat a burger and coke so we have to wear the discards from McDonald's customers."

The restaurant is the third McDonald's in High Wycombe and is open every day from 6am to midnight.

Mr Driscoll said: "I don't have a problem with McDonald's or the franchisee- they provide jobs and income to a large amount of people in High Wycombe and the UK.

"To address the problem McDonald's needs to widen their litter patrols to compensate for the drive-in's overspill or mark the individual packaging so it can be traced- allowing the council to issue fixed penalty fines for littering which would in turn reduce the amount of waste discarded.

"I'd like to know other peoples views on this and how we address it before it becomes a bigger problem."

High Wycombe McDonald’s franchisee Cliff Webb: "Like any responsible member of the community my main priority is being a good neighbour and we remain committed to playing our part in tackling litter in High Wycombe and the surrounding area. The minority of people who dispose of their rubbish irresponsibly create a litter problem that is frustrating for residents, councils and local businesses alike.

"Employees at the McDonald’s restaurant on Dovecot Road are already committed to carrying out daily patrols in the surrounding area to collect all types of litter, not just McDonald’s packaging, as well as doing all they can to encourage customers to dispose of their litter responsibly before leaving the restaurant. However, I would be happy to meet with residents and other local business owners to discuss how we can work in partnership to further help stamp out littering in this particular area."

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2:09pm Fri 7 Feb 14

abs brake says...

charge them a tenner deposit until they bring their rubbish and reciept then see if they throw away their tenner
charge them a tenner deposit until they bring their rubbish and reciept then see if they throw away their tenner abs brake

3:38pm Fri 7 Feb 14

B0yley says...

Those who litter in Bryants Bottom and the surrounding countryside are nothing but scum and deserve bad things to happen to them.

Please don't remove my comment BFP, I make a very valid point.
Those who litter in Bryants Bottom and the surrounding countryside are nothing but scum and deserve bad things to happen to them. Please don't remove my comment BFP, I make a very valid point. B0yley

5:46pm Fri 7 Feb 14

liamf12 says...

Why don't they have a bar code on each cup etc that is logged to payment card and or registration number of vehicle (for drive through) then when litter is found they can automatically collect the fine.
Why don't they have a bar code on each cup etc that is logged to payment card and or registration number of vehicle (for drive through) then when litter is found they can automatically collect the fine. liamf12

7:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

speaker says...

I agree absolute scum, don't give a fkkk attitude . minority spoils it again for everyone else. I go up and down our road every week picking up other peoples litter , that and graffiti is a disgrace to our society.
I agree absolute scum, don't give a fkkk attitude . minority spoils it again for everyone else. I go up and down our road every week picking up other peoples litter , that and graffiti is a disgrace to our society. speaker

9:01am Tue 11 Feb 14

Kania 2000 says...

Report their number to the police and get them nicked.
Report their number to the police and get them nicked. Kania 2000

9:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Zilch UK says...

Some McDonald's franchisees have had success in reducing littering by writing registration numbers on packaging and in other places conversations have been had with people using the drive-throughs to highlight the problem. Even the majority of their customers would feel better about them and other fast-food outlets if they did more to educate their customers.
The fast-food industry could improve its reputation by adopting some of these simple measures.
Some McDonald's franchisees have had success in reducing littering by writing registration numbers on packaging and in other places conversations have been had with people using the drive-throughs to highlight the problem. Even the majority of their customers would feel better about them and other fast-food outlets if they did more to educate their customers. The fast-food industry could improve its reputation by adopting some of these simple measures. Zilch UK

7:21pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Rifleman2RGJ says...

We also have problems with McDonalds on the Oxford Road in Denham with litter all along our road every single day. I have been told that there are litter patrols around 3 times a week, which is clearly not enough. They seem to rake in the profits with very little regard for environmental impact.
We also have problems with McDonalds on the Oxford Road in Denham with litter all along our road every single day. I have been told that there are litter patrols around 3 times a week, which is clearly not enough. They seem to rake in the profits with very little regard for environmental impact. Rifleman2RGJ

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