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Willie Walsh announces plans to run BA jets on rubbish

16 April 2014 Last updated at 12:03 BST

British Airways (BA) have announced plans to run some of its jet planes on rubbish.

A new recycling plant will be built in Essex to convert 575,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels.

The plan will decrease carbon emissions equivalent to taking 150,000 cars off the road.

Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group, which owns BA, told BBC Radio 5 live's Adam Parsons: "It sounds too good to be true - but it is true and we're delighted to be pioneering this."