“It made me jump. Metropolis is already far behind in waste management!” : Marseille city hall reacts to a viral video of “Clean my creeks” showing an employee of the McDo in the old port emptying liquids into the city’s pipes.
The video was first posted on the Clean my creeks association’s Instagram story. An employee of the old port McDonald’s pours a can of leftover drinks into a rain drain in the middle of the street. The caption reads: “Okay McDo old port, don’t we bother you too much throwing your old frying oil in the pipes?“
It was then shared by Rebecca Bernardi, a commercial assistant at the Marseille city hall. It would actually be “liquid contained in a tray that collects the remaining drinks“he explains. And to resume:”yes, it is less serious than if it had been oil, but it still makes no sense!“
“Frying oil or beverage residues: nothing should be thrown out on the street. This applies to small or large traders and when you are a multinational you have to be even more exemplary.“, Remembers Rebecca Bernardi on his Twitter account.
“I always see shopkeepers throwing liquid household products down the drain. For a multinational like McDonald’s, even just a drink in quotation marks is inadmissible“Explains Céline Albinet, director of Clean my creeks, the association behind the publication of this video.
We realize that people don’t know that sewers do not lead to a water treatment plant, but directly to the sea! It’s just rainwater, that’s all!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 down drains.
Quickly, Marseille’s deputy environment manager took over the “dossier”.
Christine Juste goes to the shop with the hygiene inspectors. “Everything was in order“She reports.”They also have a private service provider who takes care of their oil“.
“Except that the managers are not at all prepared enough“, she adds. The latter explain to her that what is poured corresponds to the drinks emptied by the customers when they sort the waste when they throw out the trays. Nobody seems to understand that it would be better to use a sink, because the water then goes to a treatment plant.
Whether it’s coffee, dishwashing liquid or anything else: it is forbidden to throw waste in the sewers. A drain is not a garbage can. In addition, the sea is very close! They should be sensitized.Christine Juste, Marseille’s deputy environment manager
This ban does not currently carry the risk of a fine, explains the elected official. “But discussions are underway with health regulations, for this we will need flagrant crime and / or a video surveillance system.“
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 is in their statute“, he explains. And to resume:”especially because they are very close to the port and therefore to the sea, with a gust of wind the waste ends up in the water“.
She concludes:communication on ecology is fine, but I would prefer McDonald’s to provide internal communication!”
For Marseille, waste management is a particularly central issue. Gradually the merchants get informed and manage their waste, but the city is always lagging behind.
“The city already has cleaning problems“underlines Rebecca Bernardi, assistant in charge of trade at the Marseille city hall.”We are in a period of tension in terms of commercial waste, we support them with zero waste“clarifies.
The matter is therefore taken very seriously by the municipality, which is expected to meet with McDonald’s France the week of 12 September 2022.
Internet users seem concerned with this question. Proof of this: the video, posted by Clean my creeks who 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 it every day“says Céline Albinet. She didn’t 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 therefore must 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 replies in writing: «nWe regret an individual mistake made by an employee of our restaurant with leftover drinks. After identifying this error, we reminded all our employees of the process to follow when it comes to pouring leftover drinks, which must be poured down the sink to reach the dirty water circuit. We would like to clarify that it was not oil, because all our frying oils are collected and transformed into biofuels. McDonald’s France has been committed for nearly 20 years to reducing its carbon footprint in all areas of responsibility: from raw materials to end-of-life waste, including the daily business of its restaurants.. “