Fast food giant McDonald’s is to run its fleet of lorries on converted chip fat. The company pledged to recycle cooking oil used in its restaurants to make environmentally-friendly biodiesel, with aims to use the fuel in all its 155 vehicles in the UK by next year.
McDonald’s said the move will save more than 1,650 tonnes of carbon every year – the equivalent of removing 2,424 family cars from the roads annually. It will initially use a combination of 85 per cent cooking oil collected from its restaurants, mixed with 15 per cent rapeseed oil to create the green fuel.
Half of the 45-vehicle fleet which operates from McDonald’s Basingstoke distribution centre is to be converted to run on biodiesel, with the national roll-out following close behind.
It will collect oil from 900 of its 1,214 outlets each week, after which the cooking fat will be taken to a separation tank in East Anglia to remove the food particles before being converted to biodiesel at a plant in Milton Keynes.
McDonald’s senior vice president Matthew Howe said: “Our approach to the environment is reduce, reuse, recycle, and we try and do this in everything that we do.” McDonald’s has been upping its green credentials in recent years in response to critics, such as Greenpeace. Oh, and let us not forget the effects of the UK’s longest libel case, fondly known as Mclibel.