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Voluntary code of practise aims to wipe out fast-food litter

Fast food wrappers strewn across urban streets could soon be a thing of the past if local authorities follow the example given by fast-food giant McDonalds and the Local Government Association.

The partners got together to test, and ultimately prove, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs new voluntary code of practice for reducing litter.

Trials in Sheffield, Maidstone and Taunton Deane have shown that the code has helped to deliver a reduction in litter of up to 65%.

The Food on the Go voluntary code encourages fast-food outlets to reduce the amount of packaging and waste they use and create, as well as encourage regular litter patrols, sponsored litter bins, and in-store anti-litter messages.

Local Government Association chair of the environment David Sparks said: Local councils face a constant battle to keep streets clean, and litter from popular quick service restaurants contributes to this.

For any voluntary code, cooperation from all parties is vital. But our pilot exercise has shown benefits to all.

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