Packaging Recycling by Bike

Leading local company Abcam based on the Cambridge Science Park have introduced an innovative recycling scheme involving the collection of packaging by  Cambridge cycling courier Oustpoken Delivery. The scheme is currently being trialed with Cancer Research UK, and if feedback is positive they hope to extend the service to other Cambridge based customers. As an incentive for customers to return the packaging, Abcam will donate £1 for every box returned to local charities.

As a worldwide supplier of life science reagents, Abcam need delivery companies they can trust and depend on for fast and reliable service. They have been using Outspoken Delivery since 2007 for deliveries to customers in and around Cambridge. The majority of Abcam’s products need to be kept cool during transit so they are packed in polystyrene boxes which include an ice pack to keep the temperature low. The delicate nature of the deliveries means that speed of delivery is of the utmost importance.

Outspoken Delivery make a daily visit to collect Cambridge based orders for same day delivery before 12 noon.  Now whenever they make a delivery they will collect the packaging for return to Abcam the following day.

Jon Barrett from Abcam said: “Management of environmental issues play an important part in our corporate and social responsibilities and by developing this recycling scheme we are minimising the impact of the packaging required to distribute our products. We hope that our customers will recognise our efforts and be willing to participate.”

In addition Outspoken Delivery also undertake a run between the two Abcam buildings on the Science Park delivering products and internal mail. Rob King, founder of Outspoken Delivery added: “Abcam were one of our very first customers and we have worked closely with them over the years to tailor our service to meet their delivery and collection requirements.” 


Outspoken Delivery is Cambridge’s innovative local courier firm. The company use specially designed bicycles to transport everything from documents & files, computers, engineering parts and food & drink across Cambridge City and beyond. Services include same day, next day, London runs and specialist deliveries. The service is 100% emission free (excluding a little hot air), safe and reliable (they even deliver 3-tier wedding cakes) and flexible, provided by an enthusiastic team who love the job they do.

For more details visit the Outspoken Delivery web site

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