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McDonald's to operate delivery fleet on bio-diesel

02 July 2007 by
McDonald's to operate delivery fleet on bio-diesel

Fast-food chain McDonald's has become the latest hospitality operator to commit to running its delivery fleet on bio-diesel.

The chain, famous for its Big Mac burger, intends to have all its 155-strong delivery fleet running on a mixture of in store cooking oil and rapeseed by the end of the year.

McDonald's estimates this will save around 1,675 tonnes of carbon a year once the entire fleet has been converted to the "green" fuel, which is equivalent to removing 2,424 family cars from the UK's roads.

From today, the company's 45 vehicle fleet based at its Basingstoke distribution centre will run on the bio-diesel.

Matthew Howe, senior vice-president of McDonald's, said: "We have been sending our used cooking oil for recycling for some time, but we are delighted to now have a practical, efficient use for it within our own business."

Last month, pub group JD Wetherspoon converted one of its delivery vehicles to bio-diesel, under plans to convert its entire fleet.

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