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Unwanted carpet fibre saved from landfill will be repurposed into art and craft items at CraftAlive Bendigo from June 14 to 16 at the Bendigo Showgrounds thanks to the eagle eyed staff at the Eaglehawk Landfill.

City of Greater Bendigo Resource Recovery and Education Manager Brooke Pearce said a staff member had noticed the bales of fibre entering the Eaglehawk Landfill on a regular basis and started to divert the material because she believed that it could somehow be repurposed.

“It’s always a good thing when things can be saved from landfill and re-used in other ways and this is a prime example of this,” Ms Pearce said.

“The fibre which hailed from Victoria Carpets was basically the end of the fibre roll and could not be used in the company’s commercial weaving machines.  While the company reprocess left-over fibre where possible, if it contains a bit of mixed colour it usually ends up in the landfill.

“The salvaged fibre will now be used in demonstrations throughout the Bendigo and other CraftAlive events in Australia.

“This came about after a staff member made contact with a weaver who specialises in working with reclaimed fibre.  The weaver who is also a CraftAlive stall holder asked the Eaglehawk Landfill if it would support the event by providing bales of the fibre for demonstrations at Bendigo.

“CraftAlive is Australia’s largest craft event series with events held in most states. It features craft designers and teachers from across the country and covers a wide range of crafts and products from traditional to modern.

“Each event features both local and national experts, the latest’s craft supplies, kits and equipment including patchwork, paper craft, scrapbooking, quilting, stitchery, cake decorating, beading and more. CraftAlive is also a hands-on event with interactive classes running all day, every day that provide a chance to learn from world class specialists.

“CraftAlive are extremely excited to feature the reclaimed fibre at Bendigo.

“It’s great that Victoria Carpets is happy to provide CraftAlive with some of their unwanted and leftover fibre and to work with them towards a sustainable solution rather than it ending up in the landfill.  It’s a fantastic collaboration.”

“It would be great to see more businesses sending their waste to organisations for repurposing instead of it going to landfill in the future.”

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