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McDonald's staff join our drive against litter along the Comber Greenway

by linda stewart

VOLUNTEERS cleaning up the Comber Greenway have recovered a water tank, a car bonnet, washing machine and a number of bike frames – all dumped along the walking and cycle route since the last clean-up a year ago.

Around 50 people turned out for the Sunday morning clean-up, including staff from the local McDonald's restaurants at Dundonald and Connswater, representatives of Castlereagh Borough Council and Dundonald High School, and PSNI officers.

Meanwhile, a team of children from Dungoyne Football Club led the clean-up parade with a sponsored dribble along the popular east Belfast recreational area.

It came after McDonald's called on the public to 'pick your spot' as part of the Big Spring Clean, teaming up with members of the community in an operation to clear unsightly litter that people feel is blighting a particular area in their neighbourhood.

The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and DoE Rethink Waste to galvanise 100,000 people across the province to tackle litter this spring as part of our Big Spring Clean.

Neil Hunter, manager of McDonald's in Dundonald, estimated 350 kilos of litter were collected on the clean-up from Connswater to Billy Neill's soccer centre.

"When you walk on the greenway it doesn't look like a mess, but when you dig into the bushes on either side you find all this stuff has been dumped," he said.

"We found a water tank from a boiler, a car bonnet, a washing machine and various bike frames. There were lots of drinks bottles and crisp bags and even a mattress, believe it or not.

"We have 1,100 litre commercial bins so we took two of them, wheeled them along the whole stretch and filled them with junk. It was a fair haul trying to get it up some of the hilly bits!

"The staff absolutely loved it. I couldn't believe the amount of people that were out on the greenway – cyclists, people walking their dogs, people out for a walk with their children, and a lot of people stopped us and congratulated us on the clean-up.

"It's scary how much litter there is – I would urge people to call the council to pick up things rather than dump them."

Joanne Jones, director of franchising in Northern Ireland, said: "This year McDonald's restaurants are taking the campaign one step further and inviting their local communities to help them pick the spot which will be the area that crew members clear, maintain and revisit throughout the year."

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