To celebrate the very first split level recycling centre in Suffolk, the county council has been working with Middleton sculptor Paul Richardson to create the King character.
The King has been built with as much recycled material as possible and once completed the work will be on display at the new centre for all to enjoy.
Sculptor Paul Richardson with the King
Paul, who's making the finishing touches to the sculpture, says: "He's a fun figure who believes in bringing everything and anything to his local recycling centre and that's exactly what I hope he inspires other people to do too.
"He's made from old bits of a kit car, pieces I found at the dump and also I've had lots of help from EMR (European Metal Recycling) at Newmarket. I wanted something uplifting and fun and also I wanted to design and make a sculpture we can all be proud of.
"That's because I think we should all be proud to be recycling as much as we can."
The King of recycling
It's hoped the King will encourage people to recycle and raise a smile or two. In his environmentally-friendly vehicle, the King is shown bringing lots of household items like an old lamp and clock to be recycled at the new centre on Haddenham Road in Lowestoft.
New recycling plant
The centre will soon be split level, which means the bays in which the recycling will go will be at a lower level than visitors and their vehicles.
When the development is completed, visitors will drive in to the building two metres higher than they currently do.
The sculpture has been designed to make recycling easier and the King will be watching over his subjects to make sure they do their best once it's opened in the spring of 2008.
The sculpture has been made possible by kind donations from WRG (Waste Recycling Group), Viridor Waste Management and EMR, who have both supplied Paul with lots of pieces of recycled metal to be incorporated into the sculpture.