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Four Loko, the alcohol-and-caffeine blend that was banned last year by federal regulators, will be recycled into ethanol.

It’s not fit for human con­sumption, so you may as well feed it to cars, said the Asso­ciated Press. The sub­stance in question is Four Loko, the alcohol-and-caffeine blend banned last year by federal regulators who feared an epidemic of “wide-awake drunks” on college campuses and highways. MXI Environmental Services of Abingdon, Va., is one of a handful of firms accepting shipments of Four Loko from wholesalers and the drinks’ manufacturer, Phusion Projects, for recycling into ethanol.

Recycling noxious substances into fuel is nothing new for MXI, which has built a business recycling beer, wine, cosmetics, and other products into fuel. MXI also recycles the cans the drinks come in. Operations vice president Brian Potter says they’ll reappear on store shelves as beer cans within 30 days or so.

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