Southampton McDonald's staff took part in a litter pick, collecting eight bags of rubbish.

The initiative was part of a larger scheme, with the company's teams having tidied their communities for over 35 years.

The litter pick had 15 participants, including local franchisee Sarah Lloyd-Sharp.

She said: "I couldn’t be prouder of my fantastic team for giving their time to their local community, ensuring the areas we all enjoy are clear of litter – making them a better and brighter place for those that live here.

"We continue to put people at the very heart of what we do, and this is just one example of our dedication to being a good neighbour."

Every week, UK crews trek 5,000 miles for litter patrols, amounting to 260,000 miles yearly – the distance from Earth to the moon.

A push for recycling since 2015 has resulted in more than 1,100 new recycling units installed.

The company claims that 85 per cent of McDonald's restaurants possess facilities to segregate plastics and cups for recycling.

Used kitchen oil is transformed into biodiesel, which fuels more than half of the brand's delivery fleet.