Waste management is an important step in the cannabis production process, but one step that rarely receives the attention it deserves. Licensed growers across the U.S. and Canada must meet many municipal and regional waste disposal laws, as cannabis waste isn’t as simple as a quick journey to the local landfill, or perhaps an easy composting bin.
Micron Waste Technologies, headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada, has entered into a collaboration agreement with Canadian heavy-hitter, Aurora Cannabis Inc. Micron focuses on developing on-site organic waste treatment systems, which rely on microorganisms to get rid of down landfill-bound waste on site.
Although historically centered on food waste, they have got turned their focus on the marijuana waste management procedures, and its subsequent waste problem. Their patent-pending technologies turn organic waste into water that is clean, and also the testing phase is expected to wrap up installing an on-site test digester with an Aurora facility inside the next month or two.
The Growing Trouble With Cannabis Waste
In accordance with the recent statistics coming out of B.C.’s southern neighbor, the state Washington, cannabis waste is becoming an actual headache for both producers and the regional landfills. In Washington alone, 1.7 million pounds of cannabis waste has accumulated since legalization in 2014.
Despite most cannabis bi-products being entirely compostable, many regions have determined that marijuana waste needs to be treated as medical waste. In other areas, some industrial composting companies have decided to follow along with the federal law rather than local state laws on cannabis. Regardless of the underlying reason, Micron has zeroed about this costly industry headache his or her next target audience.
In Washington, composters report hauling from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of waste a week off their cannabis clients. For many producers, maintaining compliance while simultaneously upholding high environmental standards is a near impossible task. In Washington state, skilled professionals think that most cannabis waste simply goes straight to the landfill. Few producers make an effort to contract it with an industrial composter.
Through its agreement with Aurora, and the recent addition of BC Research and engineering consultancy dedicated to bringing emerging technology for the commercial space, Micron is placed to revolutionize the business. These are striving to perfect an innovative digester, that can process all organic materials (soils, stems, stalks, leaves, and a lot more) into grey water iaouzk meets municipal discharge standards. No matter whether the producer relies on conventional pesticides, or organic growing techniques, the ultimate product after on-site processing will likely be water clean enough to dump down the drain.
Aerobic Waste Management
The first part of Micron’s innovative cannabis waste disposal system incorporates a tag team of mechanical and microorganism action, transforming the organic waste into sludge. The next step pumps the slurry through four unique environments which use further microbes and specialized enzymes to transform it into non-potable, but otherwise clean grey water. When fully processed, this type of water is free of charge from Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Suspended Solids, Biochemical Oxygen (BOD) and then any remaining fats, oils or grease (FOG).