Banned Four Loko being turned into ethanol

Were you wondering what ever happened to all those banned alcohol-laced energy drinks after they were pulled off the market? The AP reports that they're being recycled into ethanol.

What the FDA says you shouldn't put in your body, you can at least put in your car.

MXI Environmental Services in Virginia, one of the three American facilities that recycles ethanol, is among those processing the banned beverages, which are coming from wholesalers and the manufacturers themselves, including Phusion Projects' Four Loko.

An MXI spokesperson said the plant is operating at full capacity to process about 8,000 cans of the stuff each day. MXI is able to distill the alcohol from the beverages to sell for blending with gasoline; the company also sells the aluminum cans to a recycler.

The whole alcoholic energy drink debacle was certainly a big waste of time, money, and resources--but at least the products aren't ending up in a landfill or incinerator.

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