PLAYERS from Stirling's Carse Thistle Football Club 2009 team, parents and siblings joined local McDonald's staff for a clean-up.

Armed with bibs, bin bags and litter-picks, the team of 25 tidied up The Raploch Community Campus and its surrounding areas earlier this month.

McDonald’s volunteers from the restaurants on Stirling’s Drip Road and High Street organised and led the event in support of Clean Up Scotland’s Spring Clean campaign.

The group managed to collect 25 bags of rubbish across the day.

Elliot Jardine, local franchisee who owns and operates the two McDonald’s restaurants involved, said: “With Spring just beginning we are excited to be involved in Clean Up Scotland’s campaign.

"It was terrific to have players from Carse Thistle FC and their families join us to clean up the Raploch Community Campus and the surrounding areas. 

"As we get closer to the summer we look forward to doing more clean ups across Stirling.”

Carole Noble, Keep Scotland Beautiful operation director, said: “I am delighted that McDonald’s has agreed to support this year’s spring Clean Up Scotland campaign.

"As a brand it has been active in championing litter prevention activity for many years and teams from their restaurants already undertake up to four litter picks a day. 

"At a time when litter levels are at their worst in a decade, the support from McDonald’s crew members and customers will be invaluable in helping raise awareness of the litter that surrounds us and the fact that we can all take action to prevent it.”

McDonald’s is also making changes instore.

More than 1,000 of its UK restaurants have front-of-house recycling facilities in which all packaging, including paper cups, are separated to be recycled.

Alongside large community litter events like these, every McDonald’s restaurant carries out at least three litter patrols a day to collect all rubbish that has been discarded, regardless of its origin.

Crew members across the UK cover a total of 3,000 miles each week on litter patrols, which equates to 150,000 miles a year and the distance of five marathons each year per store.