An old recycling depot in a suburb near Melbourne may seem like an unlikely place to see some of Australia’s most acclaimed furniture designers, chefs, architects and artists, but that’s where many of them go for inspiration and materials. People like Vue de Monde’s Shannon Bennett, furniture designer Mark Tuckey, eco-entrepreneur Joost Bakker, architect Jerry Wolveridge and artist David Bromley are all regular visitors at Waste Converters , and sift through the yard’s secondhand timber and other goods. The practice was recently awarded the Australian Timber Design Award and last year Waste Converters’ recycling activities provided a net carbon benefit of 14,500 tonnes.

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