Waste management is a crucial part of the cannabis production process, but a step that rarely receives the interest 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 visit 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 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 water that is clean, as well as the testing phase is expected to wrap up installing an on-site test digester with an Aurora facility in the next month or two.
The Growing Trouble With Cannabis Waste
In accordance with the recent statistics coming from B.C.’s southern neighbor, the state Washington, cannabis waste is becoming an actual headache both for producers and also 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 made our minds up 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 as his or her next target audience.
In Washington, composters report hauling from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of waste a week off their cannabis clients. For many producers, maintaining compliance while concurrently upholding high environmental standards is really a near impossible task. In Washington state, skilled professionals think that most cannabis waste simply goes directly to the landfill. Few producers try and contract it out for an industrial composter.
Through its agreement with Aurora, and also the recent addition of BC Research and engineering consultancy centered on bringing emerging technology towards the commercial space, Micron is defined to revolutionize the market. These are striving to perfect a cutting-edge 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 whether the producer relies on conventional pesticides, or organic growing techniques, the last product after on-site processing will likely 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 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) and any remaining fats, oils or grease (FOG).