Green queen Stacey cleans up at awards

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A Blackpool McDonald’s restaurant has honoured one of its workers for her green credentials.

Stacey McLeod, who works at the outlet on Amy Johnson Way, picked up her award at the company’s UK-wide Planet Champion Awards in recognition of the “positive impact she has made on the environment and to her local community”.

For the third year in a row, Stacey organised a large scale ‘Love Where You Live’ event across a four-mile stretch of the St Annes sand dunes in last summer.

It saw more than 40 McDonald’s staff teaming up to clear the dunes of litter.

Stacey has also played a major role in helping improve recycling at the restaurant, reducing the amount of waste to being sent to landfill by providing specialised training and coaching to the restaurant team.

Stacey is one of 2,500 McDonald’s Planet Champions from across the UK who help raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage others to become more environmentally friendly at work and in their local area.

Stacey said: “It’s extremely rewarding to be recognised for my efforts and contribution to my local environment.

“I’ve always been environmentally conscious and the Planet Champion programme has provided me with the platform and opportunity to make a real difference both at work and in my community, and create a positive impact locally.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the work I’ve done so far and look forward to embarking on further projects in the future.”

McDonald’s franchisees and regional staff nominate Planet Champions for their innovation and creativity within one or more of the four key areas: energy, recycling, litter and community engagement.

From there, entries are critiqued and eight candidates chosen to proceed to the finals where two overall winners were selected.

Blackpool McDonald’s operations consultant Mike Wallace added: “I’m extremely proud of Stacey’s success and the work she has done to positively impact our local community and environment.

“Recognising McDonald’s Planet Champions for their hard work is a brilliant way of encouraging others to work with fellow employees and local community members to find ways to continually evoke 
positive environmental change.”