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July 2, 2007 8:30 AM, EDT

McDonald’s to Convert Cooking Oil to Biodiesel in U.K.

Fast-food chain McDonald’s plans to convert all of its delivery vehicles in the United Kingdom to run on biodiesel, using spent cooking oil, the BBC reported on its Web site.

The restaurant company pledged to convert all 155 vehicles by next year, starting with 45 trucks based at its distribution center in Hampshire, England, the BBC said, citing the company.

The move follows a successful trial last year, the BBC said. In using the fuel, made by combining cooking oil and rapeseed oil, McDonald’s said it would reduce consumption about 2,000 tons of carbon per year.