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The King's face with large handlebar moustache

His Majesty the King of recycling

All hail the King of Recycling!

His majesty is a large sculpture made from old scrap metal and he'll soon be lording it over fellow recyclers in Lowestoft because he's about to take pride of place at the town's new Household Waste Recycling Centre.

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.

Recycled metals

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 and the King

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 sitting on his bike

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.

last updated: 30/06/2008 at 17:15
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