Reused TTC - Price and Timeline
To explain the reused TTC process in brief, used TTCs will be collected by our delivery staff from the animal facilities and transferred to InVivos. The used TTCs will then be washed and processed by decontamination using disinfectants & autoclaving and re-used to deliver the animals.
Currently we would be re-using for 3 times i.e., 3 times processing and using it for delivery. There will also be a colour code for each cycle of reuse and it will be as follows:
Green – 1st Cycle
Blue – 2nd Cycle
Red – 3rd Cycle
Yes, Quality Assessment Dept. of Taconic has approved the reuse process submitted for them with the results on material testing (including filters) and animal tests.
Yes, the quality in terms of plastic material of TTC and the filters remains same as the new TTC. Filters after repeated autoclaving were sent for pressure drop testing to external source and results indicated that there was no change in pressure differential in reused TTC.
With our IACUC approval, animal studies were done with reused TTCs where spare animals were packed in reused TTCs and were transported in our delivery truck for various time points. There was no changes observed in the body condition and health of the animals housed and transported in the reused TTCs. These results were evaluated by Quality Control Dept. of TACONIC for the approval.
Firstly, there will be reduction in plastic usage which is an environmental sustainability measure as part of GreenMark initiative.
Secondly, potential cost savings that will be transferred to customers as price reduction of reused TTCs.
Reused TTCs will be priced at $30 including the delivery charges.