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Sunday 18 November 2018

Supermac's goes green as new Glan agus Glas initiative rolls out across all outlets

Supermac’s boss Pat McDonagh has a motorway forecourt in place near Loughrea in Co Galway, and the famous facility at the Barack Obama plaza
Supermac’s boss Pat McDonagh has a motorway forecourt in place near Loughrea in Co Galway, and the famous facility at the Barack Obama plaza
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Supermac's is rolling out a new initiative across all of its outlets in an effort to become a 'greener' franchise.

Five significant changes are being made in each fast food restaurant as part of the Glan agus Glas plan.

Paper straws are being introduced to replace plastic ones and only 100pc recyclable cups and biodegradable burger wrap will be used.

To reduce unnecessary waste, dispensers are also being put in place for sachets and napkins in each outlet.

The newly redeveloped Casey's of Roscommon
The newly redeveloped Casey's of Roscommon

After a trial period of the initiative in the firm's Westport branch, the decision to create a 'Green Team' in each outlet was made.

Supermac's MD Pat McDonagh made the announcement at the official opening of the newly redeveloped Casey’s Service Station in Roscommon town.

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"We recognise the strain that single use plastics are having on our environment and that every little bit counts," Supermac's MD Pat McDonagh said.

"These are real initiatives and not targets," said McDonagh.

"We have already started working with Irish companies in Ennis and Belfast to supply the Glan agus Glas programme and customers will see these changes immediately. All of our cups will be 100pc recyclable by September, our burger wrap is biodegradable and we will start the process of introducing paper straws immediately."

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten, who attended Casey's opening, said that "Supermac's is leading by example".

Supermac's currently has 110 outlets across Ireland with three more scheduled to open in the next six weeks. 

Pat and his wife Una have also developed The Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall, the Tipperary Town Plaza, the Mallow N20 Plaza, the Galway Plaza near Loughrea and the Charlestown Service Station in Mayo.

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