Waste management is a crucial part of the cannabis production process, but a 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 simple as a quick visit to the regional landfill, or 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 depend on microorganisms to interrupt down landfill-bound waste on location.
Although historically focused on food waste, they have 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 expected to wrap up installing an on-site test digester at an Aurora facility within the next month or two.
The Growing Trouble With Cannabis Waste
According to the recent statistics coming from B.C.’s southern neighbor, the state of Washington, cannabis waste has become a real headache 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 locations, some industrial composting companies decided to adhere to 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 target market.
In Washington, composters report hauling away from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of waste a week using their cannabis clients. For the majority of producers, maintaining compliance while concurrently upholding high environmental standards is a near impossible task. In Washington state, industry experts think that most cannabis waste simply goes straight to the landfill. Few producers try and contract it all out for an industrial composter.
Through its agreement with Aurora, and also the recent addition of BC Research and engineering consultancy focused on bringing emerging technology for the commercial space, Micron is placed to revolutionize the market. They are striving to perfect a cutting-edge 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 if the producer depends on conventional pesticides, or organic growing techniques, the final product after on-site processing is going to be water clean enough to dump down the sink.
Aerobic Waste Management
The first step in Micron’s innovative cannabis waste disposal system includes a tag team of mechanical and microorganism action, transforming the organic waste into sludge. The second 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) and then any remaining fats, oils or grease (FOG).