Waste management is an important step in the cannabis production process, but a step that rarely receives the interest it deserves. Licensed growers throughout the U.S. and Canada must meet many municipal and regional waste disposal laws, as cannabis waste isn’t as simple as a quick trip to the local landfill, or 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 specializes in developing on-site organic waste treatment systems, which count on microorganisms to get rid of down landfill-bound waste on location.
Although historically dedicated to food waste, they may have turned their attention to the cannabis waste management procedures, and its subsequent waste problem. Their patent-pending technologies turn organic waste into clean water, and also the testing phase is predicted to wrap up setting up an on-site test digester at an Aurora facility within the next few months.
The Growing Trouble With Cannabis Waste
Based on the recent statistics emerging from B.C.’s southern neighbor, the condition of Washington, cannabis waste has become a genuine 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 should be treated as medical waste. In other locations, some industrial composting companies decided to follow the government law rather than local state laws on cannabis. Whatever the underlying reason, Micron has zeroed with 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 off their cannabis clients. For many producers, maintaining compliance while simultaneously upholding high environmental standards is a near impossible task. In Washington state, industry experts think that most cannabis waste simply goes right to the landfill. Few producers try and contract it with an industrial composter.
Through its agreement with Aurora, and also the recent addition of BC Research and engineering consultancy dedicated to bringing emerging technology to the commercial space, Micron is placed to revolutionize the market. These are striving to perfect an innovative 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 on conventional pesticides, or organic growing techniques, the final product after on-site processing will be water clean enough to dump down the drain.
Aerobic Waste Management
The first 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 second 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, 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).