“It made me jump. The Metropolis is already very behind in waste treatment!” : the town hall of Marseille reacts to a viral video of “Clean my creeks” showing an employee of the McDo of the old port emptying liquid in the pipes of the city.
The video was first posted on the association’s Instagram story Clean my creeks. An employee of the McDonald’s in the old port pours a can of leftover drinks into a rain drain in the middle of the street. The caption reads: “it’s okay McDo old port, we don’t bother you too much to throw your old frying oil in the pipes?“
It was then shared by Rebecca Bernardi, trade assistant at the town hall of Marseille. It would actually be “liquid contained in a tray that collects leftover beverages” she explains. And to resume: “yes, it’s less serious than if it had been oil, but it still makes no sense!“
“Frying oil or beverage residue: nothing should be thrown into the street. This is valid for small or large traders and when you are a multinational, you have to be even more exemplary.“, recalls Rebecca Bernardi on his Twitter account.
“It happens to me all the time to see shopkeepers throw liquid household products down the drain. For a multinational like McDonald’s, even if it’s just drinks in quotes, it’s inadmissible“explains Céline Albinet, director of Clean my creeks, the association behind the publication of this video.
We realize that people do not know that the sewers do not lead to a water treatment plant, but directly to the sea! It’s for rainwater and that’s it, nothing else!Céline Albinet, director of Clean my creeks
Céline Albinet and Rebecca Bernardi want to remind you that any liquid flows into a sink, for example, but never into the manholes.
Quickly, Marseille’s deputy in charge of the environment took over the “file”.
Christine Juste goes to the store with hygiene inspectors. “Everything was in order” she reports. “They even have a private service provider who takes care of their oil“.
“Except that the managers are not at all trained enough“, she adds. The latter explain to her that what has been poured corresponds to the drinks emptied by customers when sorting their waste when they throw away their trays. No one seems to understand that it would be better to use a sink, because the water then goes to a treatment plant.
Whether it is coffee, washing-up liquid or any other liquid: it is forbidden to throw waste into the drains. A drain is not a trash can. In addition, the sea is very close! They should be sensitized.Christine Juste, Marseille deputy in charge of the environment
This ban does not currently create a risk of a fine, explains the elected official. “But discussions are underway with the health regulations, it will take flagrante delicto and / or a video surveillance system for this.“
Obligation to collect waste
Christine Juste takes the opportunity to inform the employees of this McDonald’s of their obligation to collect waste within a radius of 300 meters around their restaurant after each service.
“It’s in their charter“, she explains. And to resume: “especially since they are really close to the port and therefore to the sea. In a gust of wind, the waste ends up in the water“.
She concludes:communication on ecology is all well and good, but I would prefer that McDonald’s provide internal communication!”
To Marseille, waste management is a particularly central issue. Little by little, traders are getting informed and managing their waste, but the city is always behind.
“The city already has cleanliness problems” underlines Rebecca Bernardi, assistant in charge of trade at the town hall of Marseille. “We are in a tense period in terms of merchant waste, we support them in zero waste” she clarifies.
The question is therefore taken very seriously by the municipality, which should meet with McDonald’s France the week of September 12, 2022.
Internet users seem concerned by this question. Proof of this is: the video, posted by Clean my creeks which had received it from a volunteer, reached 30,000 views in less than an hour, according to the director of this association.
“Among the comments, some were not surprised and said they saw this every day“says Céline Albinet. She did not expect to receive so many reactions.
It’s shocking content, but we’re not aiming to point the finger at a big bad wolf. We just want to say that it is a great sign and that it must therefore lead by example.Céline Albinet, director of Clean my creeks
For her, it is unthinkable to continue doing “things so easy to avoid“.
For its part, the McDo of the old port responds, in writing: “nWe deplore an individual error committed by an employee of our restaurant with leftover drinks. Following the identification of this error, we reminded all our employees of the process to follow when it comes to spilling leftover beverages, which must be poured into the sink to reach the dirty water circuit. We would like to clarify that it was not about oil, because all our frying oils are collected and transformed into biofuel. McDonald’s France has been committed for nearly 20 years to reducing its carbon footprint across all of its areas of responsibility: from raw materials to end-of-life waste, including the daily activity of its restaurants..”