The solvent acetonitrile (ACN) is essential in the manufacturing of our oligonucleotide products. In our Pleasanton, California facility we procure thousands of 4 L glass bottles of ACN each year. The hazardous nature of the solvent requires labor-intensive rinsing of the empty glass bottles for recycling.
To help to reduce labor, waste, and costs associated with the glass bottles, the team switched to 205 L reusable ACN bulk storage tanks and installed a distribution system to pump the solvent on demand. This sourcing change has eliminated 7 tons of glass bottles and 5,600 cardboard delivery boxes annually.