01 December 2007
McDonald's: Managing Environmental Impacts?
McDonald's claims: While each McDonald's restaurant is a small local business, there are more than 30,000 of them around the world. As a global family, their operations have significant environmental impacts. We seek to manage these impacts responsibly and to exercise leadership where we can.
Our diverse initiatives flow from a global commitment to environmental leadership. Within this framework, we are:
* Helping to control emissions that contribute to climate change by effectively managing electrical energy uses at the restaurant level and exploring alternative refrigerants.
* Conserving natural resources by recycling and reusing materials that would otherwise enter the waste stream.
* Combating litter to help keep our neighborhoods clean.
* Addressing water management issues related to our restaurants' operations.
McDonald's claims further: McDonald's believes it has a special responsibility to protect our environment for future generations. This responsibility is derived from our unique relationship with millions of consumers worldwide, whose quality of life tomorrow will be affected by our stewardship of the environment today. We share their belief that the right to exist in an environment of clean air, clean earth and clean water is fundamental and unwavering.
FACT (Philippine scenario): McDONALD'S DOES NOT SEGREGATE WASTES FROM THEIR RESTAURANTS. I have eaten at McDo in Glorietta, in Eastwood, in Tacloban, in Tagbilaran, almost all branches in Cebu but NEVER these restaurants share the responsibility of an environmentally clean earth simply by plain segregation. And where in the Philippines and what facility can handle such wastes from fastfood chains? Nada. Maybe in Manila. (Is there such a facility in Manila? Forgive my ignorance. Payatas you mean?)
Is McDonald's all blah-blah in its environmental programs?