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Macca’s makes local history with recycled restaurant

The 1,000th McDonald’s fast food restaurant will open in Melton South in Victoria at the end of the year using recycled material throughout the building including infrastructure and furnishings.

McDonald’s Australia senior director of development Josh Bannister, said it was the company’s first local sustainability flagship.

“The Melton South restaurant will play a vital role in allowing us to continue to test, evaluate and implement industry-leading sustainable innovations,” he said.

There will also be 100 per cent renewable energy used in the restaurant thanks to solar energy panel installed on the roof. The restaurant will include a waste sorting bin for greater recycling and diversion from landfill.

Cutlery offered to customers will all be fibre based including stirrers and straws following its commitment earlier this year to help reduce plastic use and waste.

The franchisee of the 1,000th restaurant, Ben Westover, has been an operator of McDonald’s restaurants for more than a decade and said he was excited to open the new store.

 

Victoria’s Buy Recycled tool prompts buyers to consider options

Sustainability Victoria has launched its new online directory, Buy Recycled, which features local Victorian products containing recycled content.

The tool is designed to provide government buyers with easy access to suppliers and recycled material options when considering products for purchasing and infrastructure projects.

Products listed in the directory include:

  • fencing
  • furniture
  • pavement
  • piping and irrigation
  • playgrounds
  • road base

According to Sustainability Victoria, it’s increasingly important for government to consider the environmental impact of purchasing and infrastructure activities. Buy Recycled aims to provide buyers with options to achieve positive environmental outcomes and support organisational sustainability goals.

The Victorian Government’s Social Procurement Framework requires government buyers to consider opportunities to deliver social and sustainable outcomes in every procurement activity. Where appropriate, this includes sustainable material choices and buying products made from recycled content.

This directory is designed to state and local governments to consider environmental sustainability principles when making decisions about purchasing goods for public construction and infrastructure.