Takeda’s manufacturing facility in Jaguariúna, Brazil, has achieved 100% zero-waste-to-landfill status. This includes general waste, construction, demolition, organic and hazardous waste. The facility reached the milestone after working for over a year toward the goal.
Takeda’s External Biologics Quality Assurance Disposition team receives over 1,500 executed batch records from Contract Manufacturing Organizations each year. Legacy systems, procedures, ways of working and technology meant that these batch records were printed as part of the review process.
Printed GMP records have to be securely managed and be retrievable for the duration of the document lifecycle (typically one year past the expiry of the product). The sudden transition to remote working in 2020 created a mindset change that triggered a re-imagination of compliant ways of working.
The “paperless push” project will eliminate at least 40,000 printed pages per year. It will also cut our on-site and off-site archiving costs, reduce the management of printed GMP records, and be a significant contributor to our sustainability goals.
In Oranienburg, Germany, the use of cleaning agents has been optimized in terms of sustainability and environmental protection.
Due to the expansion of production requirements, the consumption of cleaning agents increased significantly. The constant change of empty canisters resulted in a loss of productivity and an increasing amount of waste in the form of cleaning agent residue.
The conversion from 20 kg canisters to 250 l drums led to a reduction in change cycles and waste residues.