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OIL ABOARD FOR THE GREENER BIG MACS; Fast-food firm run vans on chip fat.

BURGER giants McDonald's are going green - by running their fleet of vehicles on chip fat.

The fast-food firm have pledged to recycle cooking oil from their restaurants to make environmentally friendly biodiesel.

They plan to use it in all their 155 UK vehicles by next year.

McDonald's said the move will save more than 1650 tons of carbon every year - the equivalent of taking 2424 family cars off the roads annually.

The announcement comes after a year-long trial run by the group, which saw 150,000 litres of used cooking oil converted to biodiesel.

The move follows criticism of McDonald's green credentials in recent years.

Earlier this year, they started selling coffee certified by the Rainforest Alliance in their UK restaurants and last year agreed to stop using soya from newly cleared land in the Amazon rainforest.

McDonald's senior vice president Matthew Howe said: "Our approach to the environment is reduce, reuse, recycle, and we try and do this in everything that we do."

The firm will initially use a combination of 85 per cent cooking oil from their restaurants, mixed with 15 per cent rapeseed oil to create the green fuel.

The company expect to be able to convert six million litres of oil a year to cover the 6.1million litres of diesel used by their fleet.

They would not say how much it would cost to convert their vehicles - but their plans would eventually save them money, with the fuel costing less to convert than the price per litre of diesel.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 3, 2007
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