COFFEE which has been used in Evesham's McDonald's restaurant is to be recycled as fertiliser to help fruit and vegetables grow and all proceeds will be sent to charity.

The used beans from Evesham along with 11 other McDonald's restaurants is good for acid-loving plants, like tomatoes, roses and fruit trees.

The restaurants, owned by franchisee Sarah McLean are selling the coffee grounds to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides a home away from home for families with sick children in hospital, free of charge, 365 days a year.

She said: "At McDonald’s, our restaurants are constantly challenged to reduce their environmental footprint. As part of this, we recycle our used cardboard boxes, milk bottles, and even cooking oil – which we convert into biodiesel.

"Recycling used coffee was the next logical step towards the ultimate goal of sending zero waste to landfill.

"Hopefully the scheme will be popular in the community, helping gardens to thrive, and raising awareness and funds for the wonderful work of RMHC."

If you have allotments locally or require some for you garden then please contact the restaurant team at Evesham on 01386 49937.