Most litter dropped in England comes from McDonald’s, says report

Discarded McDonald’s wrapping accounts for a half of all of England’s fast food litter.

Coca Cola makes up 20 per cent of thrown away drinks’ containers – followed by Red Bull and Pepsi.

Other rubbish offender brand names are Greggs, KFC, Subway and Domino’s.

The figures come from the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The organisation picked up 75,551 items of rubbish; cigarette butts made up a third in the number of items dropped.

In 2018 to 2019, local authorities spent £698 million on street cleansing, said the charity.

Its deputy CEO Richard McIIwain said:

‘It’s clear that our food on-the-go culture of convenience comes with real consequences, with food and drink packaging polluting our environment, which in turn costs millions to clean up and harms native wildlife and domestic plants.”

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commissioned the report.

The sample covered 3,360 sites, each of 160 square feet, in 14 local authorities in England.

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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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