The Eppendorf twin.tec® PCR plate1) combines extremely thin-walled polypropylene wells for optimal heat transfer to the sample, with robust polycarbonate frames for high rigidity. With raised well rims, twin.tec plates enable highly effective sealing to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
Twin.tec plates are available in many different formats to suit different workflows and applications, for example:
• 96-well and 384-well formats
• skirted, semi-skirted, and unskirted
• divisible plates to avoid waste in small assays
• individually wrapped forensic DNA grade plates
• microbiology plates
• barcoded plates
All Eppendorf twin.tec PCR plates are ‘PCR clean’, having been batch-tested and certified by an independent laboratory to be free of a range of common PCR contaminants, including DNA, DNAse, RNAse, and PCR inhibitors. With twin.tec PCR plates you’ll have maximum confidence in your results.
The rigidity of the polycarbonate frame not only helps with automation – it makes handling of the plates easier in manual workflows.
Disposal of Eppendorf twin.tec® PCR Plates and their packaging material
Recycling of materials becomes more and more important every day. E.g. in Europe almost 100 % of cardboard material is already recycled. The packaging material of the Eppendorf twin.tec® PCR Plates is made of different materials – for the most part made from cardboard.
Eppendorf consumables and thus also Eppendorf twin.tec® PCR Plates are shipped in packaging in which both the shipping carton and the folding carton consist of at least 93 % recycled cardboard.
Please support our global sustainability initiative of recycling valuable raw material by collecting the cardboard packaging material. Dispose of the packaging material in the designated collection containers in your organization and region. In respect to the bags made of Polyethylene (PE) we recommend that you select a dedicated recycling partner where PE material can be recycled. Contact your facility or local waste management company to understand the available recycling options for your organization.
After usage, the plates themselves are defined as potentially being contaminated. This contamination can be based on biohazard, chemical hazard, or even nuclear hazard. Therefore, recycling of these vessels can be challenging. In many countries, critical waste must be burned due to legal restrictions. However, energy and heat can be recovered from thermal recycling of contaminated laboratory consumables.
To reduce the amount of critical plastic waste, you should use at least two waste containers: One for critical waste and one for non-critical waste. The definition of these two groups may depend on local regulations and should be communicated/trained in your lab accordingly. For further local waste recycling options please contact your local biosafety officer and your local waste management.
We strongly recommend a certified local recycling partner. Keeping it "local", will reduce the impact of transportation, and the "certified" aspect is recommended due to the safe and sustainable handling of lab waste.