McDonald’s has stepped up plans to improve its performance as an environmentally-friendly restaurant chain with a trial to turn waste from its Dorset restaurants into compost. For two weeks, 12 of the fast food giant’s restaurants in the county will convert 75% of all their waste, everything excluding plastics, into compost to be used on local farms. If the scheme is a success, the company will roll it out across the UK to help it achieve its aim of sending zero waste to landfill. A McDonald’s spokeswoman said the firm originally planned to achieve its ‘no landfill’ target by 2010, but that progress had been slowed by lack of infrastructure around the country. She said McDonald’s is likely to employ a number of different solutions to re-using its waste UK-wide. Dorset-based New Earth Solutions runs the composting facility involved in this latest trial, its first with a restaurant firm, and plans to open 20 such facilities around the UK by 2010. It will take 10 to 12 weeks to assess the full extent of the project’s success. If all 1,200 of McDonald’s UK restaurants ran a similar scheme, the potential amount of waste saved from landfill could be 90,000 tonnes per year - enough to fill more than 200 Olympic sized swimming pools. The Dorset project follows an initiative to turn waste from the chain’s Sheffield restaurants into energy. McDonald’s said the scheme has reduced its carbon impact from waste disposal in the area by 54%.