Following increasing pressure from the EU to push down carbon emissions, the luxury car manufacturer, Aston Martin, announced their latest new model - a wheelie bin.
The bin, based on a mass-produced design from Japan, features a diamond-studded handle, a luxury leather-trimmed interior, and nine inch alloy wheels. Although the price has not been formerly announced, industry insiders expect it to sell for around £29k.
Environmentalists have criticised the project as a cynical attempt to reduce the company's average CO2 output, to meet the latest EU emission regulations. But Mr Smythe-Rorting Glumly, head of Aston's Emissions and Recycling Division, was quick to defend the model: "this practical, efficient model meets our customers exacting demands for conspicuous displays of wealth, as well as being carbon-neutral", he announced. "The fact that we insist each bin is registered with the DVLA is a minor technicality", he went on.