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Cars in the capital to get biodiesel fuel from household waste

Cars in London could soon be using biodiesel produced from the capitals recycled household waste, when a £9 million reprocessing plant is built in London. The Vantage Waste Processor (VWP), the first of its type in the UK, is being set up by the Pirin Group, a construction and development company. It will use technology developed by Reclaim Resources. According to Reclaim, it will be capable of producing 12.5 million UK gallons of biofuel from 150,000 tonnes of household waste as well as high-quality recyclable materials and biofuel. Pirin Group chairman Peter Hammond said: The VWP is a significant step forward in waste reprocessing technology, and offers a practical and economically viable solution to dealing with waste. We plan to set up an initial reprocessing plant in London to reprocess 150,000 tonnes of household waste from the city each year. We will then roll this model out to other areas of the city and the UK. The facility will not be operational until 2012. Rubbish collected from households by waste management companies will be taken to the plant and fed into the VWP for conversion into clean, sanitised materials ready for recycling and biofuel. Reclaim Resources managing director Phillip Hall said: The VWP is capable of recycling in its truest sense. The idea is that a truck could drop off mixed municipal waste at one end and literally turn around and fuel up with diesel at the other.

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