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Banned Four Loko Drink Is Being Turned Into Ethanol

As it turns out, the original Four Loko forumula with high alcohol and caffeine content is good for more than just fueling blackouts—it’s also good for fueling up your car.

MXI Environmental Services has been tasked with turning 3.2 million cases of the beverage (and others like it) into ethanol, which will be mixed with gasoline for energy efficient automobiles.

Brian Potter, vice president of operations at MXI’s facility in Abingdon, Va., said about a couple of hundred truckloads of the drinks would be coming to the plant. Each truck holds 2,000 cases of the 23.5-ounce cans.

MXI distills the alcohol from the drinks, then sells the fuel to be blended into gasoline, Potter said. It sells the aluminum cans to a recycler. Potter estimated it takes “30 days until it’s back on the shelf as another beer can.” It also recycles the drinks’ water, cardboard packaging and shipping pallets.

So, the moral of the story is kids shouldn’t drink gasoline—no matter how cool it seems.

(AP via Business Insider)


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