MEET the McDonald’s worker who wants to save the planet.
Ian Greenwood, who works at the fast food chain’s Peel Centre branch in Washington, has been honoured at the firm’s Planet Champion Awards, which praise positive impacts its staff make on the environment.
Ian took part in the company’s Planet Champion training in 2011 and has since been working with community groups to improve the environment in the area around his place of work.
This includes working with an allotment society who now uses McDonald’s discarded coffee grounds as fertiliser.
Ian worked with Sunderland City Council on joint projects, such as co-ordinating the colours of the council’s waste bins near the restaurant and establishing a team which visits schools to teach pupils the importance of recycling.
Ian said: “It’s extremely rewarding to be recognised for my efforts and contribution to my local environment.
“I’ve always been environmentally conscious and the Planet Champion programme has provided me with the platform and opportunity to make a real difference both at work and in my local community, and create a positive impact locally.”
Local McDonald’s franchisee Jasper Maudsley added: “I’m extremely proud of Ian’s success and the work he has done to positively impact our local community and environment.
“Recognising McDonald’s Planet Champions for their hard work is a brilliant way of encouraging others to work with fellow employees and local community members to find ways to continually evoke positive environmental change.”