Waste management is an important step in the cannabis production process, but a step that rarely receives the eye 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 trip to the local 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 specializes in developing on-site organic waste treatment systems, which rely on microorganisms to get rid of 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, along with its subsequent waste problem. Their patent-pending technologies turn organic waste into clean water, and also the testing phase is predicted to wrap up the installation of an on-site test digester with an Aurora facility inside the next few months.
The Growing Problem With Cannabis Waste
According to the recent statistics coming out of B.C.’s southern neighbor, the state Washington, cannabis waste is starting to 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 needs to be treated as medical waste. In other areas, some industrial composting companies have decided to follow the federal law rather than local state laws on cannabis. Regardless of the underlying reason, Micron has zeroed on this costly industry headache as his or her next target audience.
In Washington, composters report hauling from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of waste a week from their cannabis clients. For the majority of producers, maintaining compliance while at the same time upholding high environmental standards is really a near impossible task. In Washington state, skilled professionals believe that most cannabis waste simply goes right 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 towards the commercial space, Micron is set to revolutionize the business. They may be striving to perfect a cutting-edge digester, which will process all organic materials (soils, stems, stalks, leaves, and a lot more) into grey water iaouzk meets municipal discharge standards. 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 step in Micron’s innovative cannabis waste disposal system features 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 transform it into non-potable, but otherwise clean grey water. When fully processed, the water is free from Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Suspended Solids, Biochemical Oxygen (BOD) and then any remaining fats, oils or grease (FOG).