Waste management is a vital step in the cannabis production process, but one step that rarely receives the interest 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 easy as a quick visit to the local landfill, or an easy composting bin.
Micron Waste Technologies, headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada, has put 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 interrupt down landfill-bound waste at your location.
Although historically centered on food waste, they have turned their awareness of the cannabis waste management plan, and its subsequent waste problem. Their patent-pending technologies turn organic waste into clean water, and the testing phase is predicted to wrap up setting up an on-site test digester at an Aurora facility inside the next month or two.
The Growing Problem With Cannabis Waste
In accordance with the recent statistics coming from B.C.’s southern neighbor, the state of Washington, cannabis waste has become a real headache both for producers and also 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 locations, some industrial composting companies have decided to adhere to the government law instead of local state laws on cannabis. Regardless of the underlying reason, Micron has zeroed on this costly industry headache his or her next potential audience.
In Washington, composters report hauling away from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of waste every week from their cannabis clients. For most producers, maintaining compliance while simultaneously upholding high environmental standards is really a near impossible task. In Washington state, skilled professionals think that most cannabis waste simply goes straight to the landfill. Few producers try to contract it for an industrial composter.
Through its agreement with Aurora, as well as the recent addition of BC Research and engineering consultancy dedicated to bringing emerging technology towards the commercial space, Micron is set to revolutionize the business. These are striving to perfect a cutting-edge digester, that will process all organic materials (soils, stems, stalks, leaves, and a lot more) into grey water iaouzk meets municipal discharge standards. No matter if the producer relies upon conventional pesticides, or organic growing techniques, the ultimate product after on-site processing will likely be water clean enough to dump down the sink.
Aerobic Waste Management
The primary part of Micron’s innovative cannabis waste disposal system includes a tag team of mechanical and microorganism action, transforming the organic waste into sludge. The 2nd step pumps the slurry through four unique environments which use further microbes and specialized enzymes to convert it into non-potable, but otherwise clean grey water. When fully processed, the water is free of charge from Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Suspended Solids, Biochemical Oxygen (BOD) as well as any remaining fats, oils or grease (FOG).