In December, McDonald’s Australia opened its 1000th store, and it’s celebrating by launching the first “green” Macca’s in Australia.
The green Macca’s is located in Melton, South Victoria, and this first-ever sustainability flagship McDonald’s features a stack of environmentally friendly elements including 100 per cent renewable energy, carbon-neutral McDelivery and a recycling centre for unwanted Happy Meal toys.
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“We hope Restaurant 1000 will allow us to learn quickly and expand successful innovation trials, so we can continue to implement practices, equipment and products to improve our environmental impact,” Diana Grosmann, National Director of Development, McDonald’s Australia, said.
Ms Grosmann said the ultimate goal is to continue to design and build commercially practical sustainability solutions into every new Macca’s restaurant opening in the future.
“As our first sustainability flagship,” said McDonald’s Australia, Senior Director of Development, Josh Bannister, “the Melton South restaurant will play a vital role in allowing us to continue to test, evaluate and implement industry-leading sustainable innovations.”
The green golden arches location is just the first of 80 new restaurants planned to open over the next three years that will feature a range of core sustainability elements found in the flagship, with McDonald’s Australia investing more than $500 million in going green.