“Over 30,000 views and 200 comments in one hour! “We share shocking content every day, we didn’t think this post would get that big,” says Céline Albinet, director of Clean my Calanques, on Friday. The video, it must be said, attacks a strong symbol: the Mc Donald’s restaurant in the Old Port of Marseille.
Filmed by an association volunteer, it shows an employee emptying a large white container of liquids in the middle of the street. It is published on Instagram, first in the story then, in front of the number of shares, in the post with this comment: “Do you mind throwing your old frying oil down the drain? “.
Leftover drinks instead of oil?
On Twitter Rebecca Bernardi, elected head of trade, shares the video and promises “not to stop there”. Meanwhile, Clean My Calanques has unpublished the post for “not doing fake news”. Amid comments, former McDonald’s employees explained that this container contained no frying oil but leftover drinks, emptied by customers before throwing their cup away for recycling. The indignation, however, remains total: “It is not because it is less harmful that it is less scandalous, we cannot do it, it goes directly into the Old Port and into the sea”, reacts Céline Albinet.
As for the town hall, the dossier was sent to Christine Juste, environmental assistant, who intends to call into question McDo Vieux-Port, according to her the “biggest franchisee in Marseille”. “Whether it is oil, coffee juice, soft drinks, dish water, it is forbidden to throw in the sewer, here the sea begins, she is indignant. There is a symbol there, but McDo is a problem among others. She also remembers the Legal obligation for the franchisee to “clean everything around its waste within a radius of 300 meters.” To see the brand’s bags and mugs overflow from the surrounding bins, compliance with this rule raises questions.