Waste management is a crucial 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 easy as a quick journey to the regional landfill, or even 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 concentrates on developing on-site organic waste treatment systems, which count on microorganisms to get rid of down landfill-bound waste on location.
Although historically focused on food waste, they have got turned their awareness of the cannabis waste management procedures, as well as its subsequent waste problem. Their patent-pending technologies turn organic waste into clean water, and also the testing phase is expected to wrap up the installation of an on-site test digester with an Aurora facility inside the next couple of months.
The Growing Downside To Cannabis Waste
Based on the recent statistics coming out of B.C.’s southern neighbor, the condition of Washington, cannabis waste is becoming an actual headache both for 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 locations, some industrial composting companies have decided to follow along with the federal law as opposed to local state laws on cannabis. No matter what 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 many producers, maintaining compliance while at the same time upholding high environmental standards is actually a near impossible task. In Washington state, industry experts feel that most cannabis waste simply goes right to the landfill. Few producers make an effort to contract it all out to an industrial composter.
Through its agreement with Aurora, and also the recent addition of BC Research and engineering consultancy centered on bringing emerging technology for the commercial space, Micron is defined to revolutionize the industry. These are striving to perfect a modern digester, that can process all organic materials (soils, stems, stalks, leaves, and more) into grey water iaouzk meets municipal discharge standards. No matter whether the producer depends on conventional pesticides, or organic growing techniques, the last product after on-site processing will likely be water clean enough to dump down the sink.
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 next 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 from Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Suspended Solids, Biochemical Oxygen (BOD) as well as any remaining fats, oils or grease (FOG).