McDonald’s opens net-zero carbon restaurant

The Market Drayton McDonald’s has achieved net-zero status in both construction and operation.

Featuring the latest innovations in sustainable building design throughout, the restaurant has been designed to ensure it can be effectively replicated as the business looks to achieve net-zero emissions for all its 1,400 restaurants and offices by 2030.

From a ‘Drive-Thru’ lane made from recycled tyres, wall art made from used coffee beans and kerb stones made from plastic bottles, the restaurant will act as a testing site for a number of industry-first innovations.

Powered by on-site solar panels and wind turbines, learnings from the new restaurant will be used to create a blueprint for McDonald’s freehold new builds across the country from 2022.

Materials uses include walls insulated with British sheep’s wool which might otherwise have gone to landfill, cladding made from recycled IT equipment and white household goods like washing machines, and kerb stones each made from 182 recycled plastic bottles.

Other innovations at Market Drayton include wall art made from recycled polystyrene cups, fixed in place with potato starch from McDonald’s potatoes, EV charging points and furniture made from recyclable materials. This is the next step on McDonald’s commitment to ensure that by 2023 all furniture in new and refurbished restaurants will be made from recycled or certified materials and designed to be recycled or reused.

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