McDonald’s to trial plastic toy recycling scheme at Roscrea restaurant in Co Tipperary

McDonald’s is to trial collection bins for unwanted plastic toys to be recycled at one of their Irish restaurants.

The fast food giant will collect any plastic toys – from its own Happy Meals and those bought from other retailers – as long as they fit through the 17cm diameter entrance to the bins.

The toys will be recycled into new products from coffee cups to bins, outdoor play equipment and vegetable planters to be gifted to communities.

The initial trial will run for four weeks in seven restaurants in the UK and Ireland.

The Irish branch selected is in Roscrea, Co Tipperary while the UK locations are based at Bramley Road, St Ives, East Kilbride – Queensway Drive Thru, Kingston, Milton Keynes, Cherry Tree Road, Blackpool, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff, and The Swan Centre, Eastleigh’

The toys will be recycled into new products from coffee cups to bins, outdoor play equipment and vegetable planters to be gifted to communities.

Helen McFarlane, sustainability manager at McDonald’s UK & Ireland, said: “It is really important we test this to ascertain what customers bring back to us and in turn what we are able to create with the old plastic toys.

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Article by Irish Mirror. Edited by Wasted.ie