Monday, May 18, 2009

Zero discharge policy can earn Pharma a few dollars

Recently in the Business Standard, B Krishna Mohan wrote about how some companies are taking their waste and selling it for profit. Waste discharged while making Pharmaceuticals can be turned around and used as raw materials in other industries, which can often be purchased at up to a 50% discount. Some companies have even gone as far as to call for a zero-discharge policy, which eliminates all liquid discharge.

Virchow Laboratories sells sodium sulphate, gypsum, solvents and flyash generated at the company’s Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam bulk drug manufacturing units. While sodium sulphate is the raw material for the soap and detergent industry, gypsum finds use in the cement industry and solvents are the key raw materials for the paint industry. The fly-ash is used for makin
g bricks, says Virchow chairman M Narayana Reddy.

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