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McDonald's workers reach the summit of Ben Nevis having collected plenty of rubbish along the way as they were determined to clean up the UK's highest mountain.
McDonald's workers reach the summit of Ben Nevis having collected plenty of rubbish along the way as they were determined to clean up the UK's highest mountain.

Staff from McDonald’s in Motherwell and Bellshill joined those from three other restaurants for their biggest litter challenge yet.

They took on the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, as part of McDonald’s ongoing support of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s ‘Clean Up Scotland’ campaign.

Local franchisee Kate Walker rallied her team to take on the challenge after having seen the amount of discarded litter on the Ben Nevis trails on previous treks.

With Ben Nevis being one of the most recognisable symbols of Scotland, Kate was keen to remove as much litter as possible to ensure the mountain’s natural beauty was preserved for future climbers to enjoy.

Spending over eight hours on the mountain, the team collected a significant amount of rubbish whilst on their climb, including countless banana skins and food wrappers.

Since McDonald’s began supporting Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2007 Kate and her team have organised approximately 25 large-scale environment events.

Kate Walker said: “It was great to see my team take on this challenge and I thank everyone involved for all their hard work on our biggest litter event yet.

“We as a business understand the important role we play in keeping our local area – and beyond – clean and tidy and plan to do more work with local residents to engage with them on topics like recycling.

“We’ll also be doing more work to encourage behavioural change to discourage people from dropping litter and graffitiing in future. “I look forward to continuing to keep Motherwell and Bellshill beautiful.”