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.

Create from a Crate is a biennial exhibition organized by the Victorian Woodworkers Association and Waste Converters Recycling. Entry forms for the 2016 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. The next exhibition will be held in 2016. Entries will be accepted commencing August 2014. 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 and were used to import rolls of heavy metallic plastic film used to make crisp/chip packets! Common timber species found in these pallets include Oak, Elm, Maple, Cherry and Ash.

    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 2016

    • 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 2016

    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.
    • The timber contained in the pallet is to be used as the predominant material. The idea is to "emphasise" rather than hide the recycled origin of the recycled material. Other material such as other timbers, steel, glass, leather, fixing screws and nails, adhesives and finishes may be used.


    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

    2016 Exhibition Key Dates

    • 1. Entries Close 23rd of Nov, 2015. Submission of completed entry forms and payment to VWA Secretary my be received by this date
    • 2. Monday 23rd November, 2015 - Deadline for receival of images of completed exhibit(s) and Artist Statement as set out in entry form.
    • 3. Monday 1st of Feb, 2016 - Delivery of completed exhibits to the Walker Street Gallery

      Dandenong 2016 exhibition:

      February 4th - 27th, 2016
      Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre
      Cnr Walker and Robinson Street, Dandenong 3175
      Open: Monday - Friday 11am - 5pm.
      Saturday 11am - 3pm
      Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

    Banyule 2016 exhibition:

    March 3rd - April 2nd, 2016
    The Hatch Contemporary Arts Space
    14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe
    Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.

    Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

    For further information please contact:

    Ward Petherbridge
    Waste Converters Recycling
    Ph: 03 8787 3300 or 0418 350 551

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