Fast food chain says pilot scheme will power 130 buildings across South Yorkshire

Buildings such as hospitals and theatres will be powered by rubbish from McDonald’s restaurants in a pilot scheme.

Waste from eleven fast food outlets in South Yorkshire will be converted into electricity and heat for 130 local buildings, including Weston Park Hospital and the Lyceum theatre in Sheffield.

Other Sheffield buildings to receive the recycled energy include Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Park Hill flats, Millennium Galleries and Sheffield City Hall.

McDonald’s said the scheme would prevent 100 tonnes of waste being sent to landfill each year.

The 11 restaurants will also trial a range of green technologies, including solar panels, wind power and energy-efficient lighting.

The fast food chain plans to extend the scheme across the country if it is successful.