McDonald’s Norway tackles its own litter problem in upfront campaign

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McDonald’s Norway claimed it is taking ownership of its littering by showcasing the ugly side of its packaging.

The aim of the initiative is to encourage customers to join its cause and find out what they can do themselves to prevent littering.

Take away packaging is the third largest source of littering in cities, according to research. 

McDonald’s Norway tackles littering

As the country’s largest takeaway restaurant, McDonald’s Norway is a substantial part of the problem. 

In this campaign McDonald’s is using its entire toolbox to find solutions for littering, in close collaboration with its agency partners NORD DDB, WergelandApenes and OMD.

“We’re responsible for one of the biggest and most visible parts of littering”, said senior marketing manager Mari Husby in McDonald’s Norway. 

“We’re definitely not pleased when we see trash from our restaurants lying around. This is a big problem for our communities, cities and the environment. 

“With our size and influence, we can do a lot better than we do today”.

There is no doubt that trash from McDonald’s is very noticeable, with its well-known logo. 

In a new advertising campaign developed by NORD DDB, with the message “take away your take away”, the restaurant chain encourages all McDonald’s lovers to help them reduce littering. 

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Cleaning up: McDonald’s launches admirable anti-littering campaign.

Photos of “iconic trash” from McDonald’s lying around in the streets of Oslo, captured by the photographer Jói Kjartans, are shown in print, social media, OOH displays and McDonald’s trays to reach as many customers as possible. 

Also, trash cans have been placed next to OOH displays so that the iconic McDonald’s arches can be used as a trash-guide. 

The campaign also includes a commercial shown on TV and online.

It does not stop there. McDonald’s has initiated several measures to create long-term solutions.

“As a major player, we have both a great responsibility and an enormous power to contribute to change”, Husby added.

“In addition to driving attention to the issue through mass communication, we’ve joined a pilot project with Keep Norway Clean with the aim of preventing unconscious littering and we’ve initiated dialogue with politicians, stakeholders and competitors. 

“Our restaurant employees are also out in their communities cleaning the streets these days. Together we hope to make a difference”.