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WBBA Newsletter Article [Ingenium Programs] [Summer 2013] [06/13/13]
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Orphan Chemical Program is Helping Biotechs

Traditionally as a result of a facility consolidation, closure, relocation, or even just a new direction in research, chemicals no longer needed are typically disposed of as hazardous waste.  Not only does this create an environmental impact, it’s an asset-loss to the company as well.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  For the last several years, Ingenium, a company specializing in hazardous waste management, has proven successful in assisting biotechs throughout the western United States with a unique service called the Orphan Chemical Program.  The benefits of the program are three-fold:

  • Reduced waste disposal costs
  • The recapture of potentially lost chemical investment
  • The means to better help companies meet sustainability goals

To accomplish this, Ingenium arranges for the transfer of title of useable chemicals that otherwise would be treated as waste. The company database is searched by Ingenium staff for candidates to match “orphan chemicals.” Once the right recipient is found, title to the chemicals is legally transferred and they are then safely transported, saving potentially thousands of dollars in disposal costs, while also saving the recipient money on the purchase cost.

Ingenium has many successful experiences with the program including a project involving over $1 million worth of no longer needed chemicals.  Ultimately, some of the investment for the donor was recaptured, over $100,000 in disposal costs was saved and the recipient saved money on the cost of the chemicals.

Additionally, Ingenium will identify a chemical recipient as local to the donor as possible, moving them to their new location with the lowest carbon footprint possible.

If your company has chemicals that are no longer needed or is in need of chemicals and looking for new ways to support the environment, please email Heather Dody at and let her know that you are interested in the Orphan Chemical program.

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