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Car registration numbers could be printed on McDonald’s food packaging at drive-thrus

Under the council’s plans to deter drivers from littering, vehicle registration numbers could be printed on McDonald’s food packages in drive-thru

  • Plans being considered in Wales would see car registrations printed on bags
  • Swansea Council’s head of waste said the government had spoken to McDonald’s
  • He said problems could arise if companies could not decide who ‘goes first’.
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Car registration numbers could be printed on fast food at McDonald’s, to prevent drivers from throwing trash out of their cars.

The Welsh government has held meetings with McDonald’s to talk about the plan, which they hope will stop people from littering after using their cars.

It is hoped that printing registration numbers on bags will prevent drivers from littering their cars.

It’s not clear exactly how the number plate will be printed on the packaging, but it can be scanned onto the brown bags that contain the food.

Swansea Council’s head of waste management, Chris Hoyle, told the companies’ climate change handover meeting the idea was worthwhile but there were potential issues.

Registration details will help identify those who dumped trash from their cars. This policy was proposed two years ago by Plaid Cymru after an increase in littering during the pandemic

McDonald's has held meetings with the Welsh government about the potential policy, which would see car registration numbers printed on food packages in a bid to reduce litter.

McDonald’s has held meetings with the Welsh government about the potential policy, which would see car registration numbers printed on food packages in a bid to reduce litter.

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“If McDonald’s did that, people would go to Burger King instead of McDonald’s, because no one wants their own details printed on that packaging.”

“I think it’s a really good idea, but at the moment it’s fraught with some difficulties,” Howell said at the meeting, according to Wales Online.

Plaid Cymru first proposed the idea two years ago, during the pandemic.

The party launched a petition for fast food companies to print car registration plates on takeaway bags as littering increased as more people started using cars.

The petition, which was launched on June 4, 2020, says it is unacceptable to dump trash from cars.

A mockup of what a McDonald's takeaway bag might look like with the vehicle registration number printed on it

A mockup of what a McDonald’s takeaway bag might look like with the vehicle registration number printed on it

The floor was littered with a McDonald's paper bag along with a life-size license plate

The floor was littered with a McDonald’s paper bag along with a life-size license plate

Fast food outlets reopen in Wales on Monday 2 June. Since then we have seen an increase in litter being dumped in our communities following visits to the transit area by car.

People have to use the bins provided or take the trash home. It may not be thrown from the vehicle.

“We are calling on the Welsh Government to make it mandatory for fast food outlets with drive through facilities to print car number plates on all packaging so that rubbish can be traced.”

At the time, the shadow Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lear Gruffydd, described the policy as an “innovative proposal”.

Swansea Council's head of waste management, Chris Hoyle, confirmed that the Welsh government had held meetings with McDonald's to discuss the proposal to print car registrations on their food packaging.

Swansea Council’s head of waste management, Chris Hoyle, confirmed that the Welsh government had held meetings with McDonald’s to discuss the proposal to print car registrations on their food packaging.

This is exactly the kind of creative thinking we need to start a broader discussion about how both businesses and consumers can take greater responsibility for litter prevention.

We need to remember however that mainly, fast food outlets themselves have to do more to reduce their impact on the environment, and they must move quickly towards eco-friendly alternatives, such as compostable or biodegradable packaging. The shadow minister said some are already moving in this direction but we need a step change of pace.

A Welsh Government spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘There are no current plans to introduce a drive-through requirement for restaurants to add vehicle registration details to takeaways through packaging.

“We continue to support Keeping Wales Tidy with other initiatives to tackle roadside litter including the ‘No Regrets’ campaign and the ‘Adopt a Highway’ initiative.

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