Waste management is an important part of the cannabis production process, but one step that rarely receives the attention it deserves. Licensed growers over the U.S. and Canada must meet many municipal and regional waste disposal laws, as cannabis waste isn’t as easy as a quick trip to the regional landfill, or perhaps an easy composting bin.
Micron Waste Technologies, headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada, has applied for 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 got turned their awareness of the marijuana waste management procedures, as well as its subsequent waste problem. Their patent-pending technologies turn organic waste into water that is clean, as well as the testing phase is anticipated to wrap up setting up an on-site test digester at an Aurora facility in the next couple of months.
The Growing Downside To Cannabis Waste
According to the recent statistics coming out of B.C.’s southern neighbor, the state of Washington, cannabis waste is starting to become an actual headache both for producers as well as 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 ought to be treated as medical waste. In other areas, some industrial composting companies decided to follow the federal 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 from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of waste per week from their cannabis clients. For the majority of producers, maintaining compliance while simultaneously upholding high environmental standards is actually a near impossible task. In Washington state, industry experts believe that most cannabis waste simply goes right to the landfill. Few producers make an effort to contract it with an industrial composter.
Through its agreement with Aurora, as well as the recent addition of BC Research and engineering consultancy centered on bringing emerging technology to the commercial space, Micron is defined to revolutionize the business. These are striving to perfect a cutting-edge digester, that will process all organic materials (soils, stems, stalks, leaves, and more) into grey water iaouzk meets municipal discharge standards. No matter if the producer relies upon conventional pesticides, or organic growing techniques, the last product after on-site processing will be water clean enough to dump down the drain.
Aerobic Waste Management
The primary element of Micron’s innovative cannabis waste disposal system includes 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 from Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Suspended Solids, Biochemical Oxygen (BOD) as well as any remaining fats, oils or grease (FOG).