End of the road for recycling bus

Nick King with the recycle bus that has been stopped due to cut backs at Glebelands School
Nick King with the recycle bus that has been stopped due to cut backs at Glebelands School

TUESDAY marked the end of the era for long-serving Fenland teacher Nick King.

Known as the ‘Recycling Man’, Mr King has spent the last 16 years on the road visiting schools and helping young and old learn more about the environment and recycling.

But cost cutting measures by Cambridgeshire County Council has spelt the end of the road for the recycling bus service and Mr King has been made redundant.

Mr King started his teaching career straight out of Loughborough teacher training college at the Cromwell School in Chatteris.

He spent 10 years teaching PE before moving to a junior school in St Ives.

He later took on the rold of deputy head at Sutton Primary School near Ely.

From there he hopped onto the recycling bus and has worked with people from pre-school aged children to adults teaching the recycling message using model-making as a means of getting the message across.

Mr King (58) from Manea said he was really sad to have to give up his role.

“It is a real shame, but unfortunately it is down to finance. It costs about £65,000 to run each of the two recycling buses and the council is having to save money.

“The bus originally started with grant funding, but it has become increasingly difficult to get that kind of funding now. European funding tend to be for regeneration and not this type of project,” said Mr King.

However, he is looking forward to having more time and is planning to work freelance working in schools to carry on with the recycling message.

Tuesday was his last official day and he spent it at Glebelands School in Chatteris working with pupils to make models of insects and wind turbines.