From trash to treasure

Some of you might have been along to our new recycling centre at Grove Nursery in Hazlehead. It’s the biggest of all the recycling centres in Aberdeen and, we like to think, the best. Why? Well, there are a couple of practical reasons – it was purpose built and it takes a wider range of stuff than the other recycling centres. But, the main reason that Grove is top of our list right now is that soon it will not only be a recycling centre but also an outdoor art gallery!

For a few months now, we have been working on a project to create a sculpture at Grove Nursery recycling centre, made entirely from waste that people have brought along to be recycled. We were inspired by the WEEE man, a 7-metre high sculpture at in the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The WEEE man is fashioned from bits of washing machines, TVs, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, mobile phones and so on – in other words, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). He weighs in at 3.3 tonnes, the amount of WEEE that the average UK citizen will use in a lifetime.

By creating a sculpture in Aberdeen, we hope to send the message that waste is a resource. Our waste is no longer material to be buried in landfill, it’s worth something. Reusing and recycling our waste benefits the economy, the environment, and society as a whole.

So who is going to create the sculpture for us? Step forward Lucas Dew. Lucas is an Moray-based artist who works with scrap metal to produce the most amazing things. He’s recently made some metal trees which have been displayed around Moray and a bull sculpture which is on display at Moray Waste Busters in Forres. Here’s Lucas with one of his creations, and if you’d to see more of his work, have a look at his Facebook page.

Lucas and Robot

A couple of weeks ago, Lucas paid a visit to the recycling centre to choose the materials he’s going to work with. Into his trailer he piled a camp bed frame, hanging basket shells, radiators, and even a bike! Here he is fully loaded up and ready to set off back to his workshop to create his sculpture.

Lucas with his trailer loaded up with waste

We can’t wait to see what he comes up with. Watch this space!


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