Staff at Biowood Recycling have been helping local children learn about the benefits of recycling by providing them with their very own tree with a difference this year - made entirely from waste materials.
The five-and-a-half-foot tree was designed and constructed by Biowood's Commercial Director John Walls, using items that would have otherwise have been collected by the council for recycling or sending to landfill.
"2016 has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of non-wood waste that Biowood has handled and now it contributes to approximately 50% of our total business. At this time of year especially, we (as a nation) create an extraordinary amount of waste, and it occurred to me that it might be an appropriate time to really drive the message home about how we can all do more to prevent household waste being sent to landfill" said Mr Walls.
"My daughter's Pre-School enters a Christmas tree in the local festival every year and I thought that it might be an interesting way to showcase everyday waste in a different form, whilst highlighting recycling and re-use as an important issue".
The tree, which has been constructed purely from items that were destined for the wheelie bins, ingeniously combines an old snooker cue, broken gazebo poles, a battered old badminton racquet and even some defunct racing bike handlebars! Various bits of waste wood, tin cans and plastic packaging also feature in the design.
The children from Cranmer Pre-School in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire have also been busy creating decorations to hang on the tree, from more household waste items such as yoghurt pots and toilet roll tubes.
The tree will be on display at Aslockton Church during December as part of their Christmas Tree Festival, and after that will be taken to Biowood's offices in Ilkeston, Derbyshire where it will be displayed with pride for many Christmases to come!