Trash is being turned into treasure at Nottingham Central Library to highlight waste and show that it can be turned into other things.

The event, created by curators Knowtrash, opened this morning and contains a personal collection of items from all around the world from places including Africa, India and the Philippines.

The exhibition is part of a partnership between Nottingham Central Library, Nottinghamshire County Council and Waste Management.

Kay Richards, a Library Development Worker said: “We are one of four exhibitions taking place across the city, and Knowtrash have pulled together a great exhibition for Nottingham city to highlight waste and what we are wasting, and helping people to make money from their rubbish.

“The curators have been out into the field and collected them all themselves, so it is a personal collection that is not for sale.”

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Throughout February and March there are a range of exhibitions, talks and workshops for people to get involved in all around the city.

The Broadmarsh Centre is also holding a recycling exhibition which features works by talented students in Nottingham, and a series of talks taking place in libraries around the county.

The council are encouraging people to get involved through volunteering, hosting trash themed events, and by collecting items that can be sent for recycling.

Sue Chapman, 45, a visitor to the exhibition, said: “I think the exhibition if great as it really highlights what people can do with their rubbish, as you can really make some beautiful creations.

“In the society we live in people are so used to just chucking things away and I’d really encourage people to come to these events for inspiration.”

Visit http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/trashtotreasure for more information about the range of events taking place.