Recycling Competition

Create from a Crate Martin Davis 2014

Australian bespoke Furniture Designer/Maker Martin Davis from Waratah Bay, Victoria was given the challenge to create something amazing out of two old shipping pallets for the Create from a Crate Competition and Exhibition in 2014

Create from a Crate 2014 Will Matthysen

Australian Sculptural Clock Maker Will Matthysen was given the challenge of converting 2 old shipping pallets into an amazing piece as part of the Create from a Crate Competition and Exhibition 2014

Create from a Crate 2013

The Waste Converters Challenge - Create from a Crate

Create from a Crate is an innovative competition aimed to promote recycling and waste reduction.

Entries have now closed for the 2014 exhibition. Entries forms for the 2015 exhibition will be available soon. Entry forms will be made available from the Victorian Woodworkers Association. Website:

  • Create from a Crate first commenced in 2003 and ran through until 2006. In 2014 Waste Converters and the Victorian Woodworking association have once again organised this competition after a 7 year break. The crates used for the previous competitions came from the Iveco Truck manufacturing plant in Dandenong. This year the timber used for the competition will come from pallets that were made in the USA. These pallets are from AMCOR Flexibles in Preston and were used to import rolls of heavy metallic plastic film used to make crisp/chip packets!

    The aim of the competition is to promote the re-use of waste timber that is currently going to landfill. The competition focuses particularly on post-industrial timber packaging waste.

    Each year 500,000 tonnes of timber waste is disposed of in Victoria. Much of this timber waste is packaging waste in the form of pallets, crates and boxes. Often imported pallets are made of exotic timber species and much of this timber has the potential to be recycled into new and value added products.

    We hope that the Create from a Crate Competition helps make people aware of the potential that this waste material has for being re-used and recycled. We would like to change people’s attitudes towards timber waste so that people begin to consider this timber more as a resource that can be reused, rather than as refuse to be discarded. The competition provides the incentive for individual wood designers and crafts people to design and construct functional or artistic objects from the timbers available from these pallets.

    Competition Outlines 2014

    • The timber used in the Competition is provided by the Waste Converters Recycling Depot in Dandenong South.
    • Two wooden pallets will made available to each contestant.

    John Monument and Libby O’Brien from the Victorian Woodworkers Association in front of the pallets designated for the Create from a Crate Competition 2014

    EACH PALLET CONTAINS: (all dimensions approximate)

    • 3 bearers 1520-1700mm long, 150 x 70mm
    • 9 boards 760mm long, 100 x 20mm
    • 1 board 760mm long, 125 x 20mm
    • 2 boards 760mm long. 150 x 25mm.
    • Only the timber contained in the pallet is to be used other than fixing screws and nails, adhesives and finishes. Ideally a maximum of ten percent total content of finished article/s can be other material (e.g. other timber, glass, steel, e.t.c). The idea is to "emphasise" rather than hide the recycled origin of the recycled material!


    Judges awarded a minimum of 4 Prizes including:

    • First prize: $3,000
    • Second prize: $2,000
    • Third prize: $1,000
    • Waste Converters Prize $1,000

    Exhibition and Award Presentations

    • Contestants have 12 months to collect and dry a pallet and then design, manufacture and finish an object.
    • The first exhibition in 2003 was held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Spencer St, Melbourne as part of the Timber and Working with Wood Show. There was a follow up exhibition of the winning entries held in the Atrium at Federation Square sponsored by Sustainability Victoria. The 2004 and 2005 Exhibitions were held at the Meat Market Craft Centre in North Melbourne. The most recent exhibition was held in 2006, again as part of The Timber and Working with Wood Show, which was held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

      Dates and venues for the 2014 exhibitions:

      February 8th - 22nd 2014
      Hatch Contemporary Art Space
      14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe,
      (located behind the Ivanhoe Town Hall in the City of Banyule)
      Open: Tuesday - Saturday
      10am - 5pm.

      February 27 - March 16th, 2014
      Backspace Gallery Ballarat
      Huyghue House, Alfred, Deakin Place.
      15 Camp Street, Ballarat.
      Open: Thursday- Sunday
      12 - 4pm

    For further information please contact:

    Ward Petherbridge
    Waste Converters Recycling
    Ph: 03 9799 1935 or 0418 350 551

    The Secretary
    Victorian Woodworkers Association
    42 Courtney St.
    North Melbourne, Vic 3051.