Great to see this recycling programme underway by transport agent Martinspeed.
Image: Martinspeed warehouse yard with planters made from cases, brimming with plants
'If you work behind the scenes in the art and artefact world you’ll have seen the huge amount of waste we create. Most of it is packing and storage materials - in particular the shipping cases that keep art and artefacts safe. And because we care about the works inside, they’re nearly always made from quality timber, plywood and strong plastics, and lined with foams or polystyrene - oh and don’t forget the card, papers and polythene that keep works all snug and cosy.
Martinspeed see a lot of this waste. They’re specialists in art handling services for artists, dealers, collectors, museums and galleries across the world. And as you’d expect from a large handling and logistics company, they work with a lot of art and objects daily which creates a lot of waste.
Four years ago Martinspeed decided to do something about it - they started their recycling initiative to reduce their waste and to operate a more environmentally conscious organisation. They now recycle 40,000kg every 3 months.'