McDonalds says it has been “proud to serve” its customers by complying with the government’s guidelines on noise and pollution.
The company said in a statement on Wednesday it has “made significant progress” in reducing noise and other pollution and has “received the support of the government to meet these standards”.
However, the chain said its environmental health staff are “pushed to do their best to protect the health and wellbeing of our customers”.
“McDonalds is committed to working with the Government to ensure that our customers are not adversely impacted by pollution and noise, and we will continue to do so as long as the guidelines are in place,” the statement said.
The chain said the “urgent” task of cleaning up after a recent fire at its UK base in Bognor Regis, Wales, was made easier by a team of 15 “environmental health specialists” who worked from 9am to 3pm each day.
It said “every day”, more than 200 McDonalds staff visited the site, “in conjunction with the local authorities” to inspect the “environment”, which included cleaning up the restaurant and “handling any food waste”.
The company said it had worked closely with local authorities, health workers and its “community partners” to make the cleaning and “restoration” of the site “an achievable goal”.
McDonald’s UK said its “environment” team “have been making significant progress on environmental protection” and that the company “continues to work closely with the UK Government on environmental matters”.
It said: “The majority of our staff are dedicated to the health of our customer, who have entrusted us with their health and safety.”
McDairy also said it “has been working closely with health and social care professionals to ensure the safety and wellbeing” of its employees, as well as the wider public.
McDONALD’S UK has “been working closely” with the health authorities, McDonalds said in its statement.
On Tuesday, the UK government said it would not grant McDonalds an exemption from noise pollution rules unless the chain complied with the guidelines.
“It is an absolute certainty that there will be significant noise pollution in the coming months in Bournemouth, and the Government has committed to ensuring that any environmental damage that may be caused will be properly remedied,” Environment Secretary Nick Boles said.