The Environmental Impact of Marijuana

The Environmental Impact of Marijuana

By Health and SafetyNo Comments

As more states legalize recreational and medicinal cannabis, we’re starting to see the environmental impact of marijuana cultivation like never before. Excessive water and energy consumption, extraction practices, and even cannabis disposal each have their own environmental footprint, but just how bad is it? Could our expanding marijuana market actually be destroying the planet?

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Are Hydroponic Nutrients Safe?

By Cultivation, Health and SafetyNo Comments

A hydroponic system gives you total control of the nutrients that your plants receive. But are hydroponic nutrients safe for the environment and for the plants themselves? The simple answer is yes…as long as you use the appropriate nutrients and understand how to properly dispose of them. Different plants require different nutrients at each stage of growth, and the ratios are extremely important as well.

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What Does Unusable and Unrecognizable Mean When Discarding Cannabis Waste

What Does “Unusable and Unrecognizable” Mean When Discarding Cannabis Waste?

By Experience, Health and Safety, RegulationNo Comments

Commercial cannabis operations must adhere to strict disposal guidelines. Rather than simply tossing unused and unsold cannabis in the garbage, they must render the waste “unusable and unrecognizable” and track its disposal pound-for-pound.

The general rule of thumb is that anything that contains THC or comes into contact with THC must be ground up and mixed with an aggregate material until it is “unusable and unrecognizable.” This is to prevent any THC-containing material from being accessed by the wrong people—like kids and pets. It’s also intended to keep THC out of our soil and water, the environmental effects of which we still don’t even know.

But when we talk about cannabis waste requirements, what does “unusable and unrecognizable” actually mean?

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What the Wipe Rule Means for Your Cannabis Business During COVID-19

What the Wipe Rule Means for Your Cannabis Business During COVID-19

By Health and SafetyNo Comments

If you operate a dispensary or other cannabis business, you already know that the rules for waste disposal can be complicated. But COVID-19 is shaking things up even more. Those disinfectant wipes that you use to wipe down your surfaces may have their own strict disposal requirements—and you may be in violation. It all depends on whether your business is protected by the EPA’s Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Rule (or Wipe Rule). Read More

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How GAIACA Is Adjusting Operations During COVID-19

By Health and Safety, PressNo Comments

Though California is beginning to relax its stay-at-home orders, the COVID-19 pandemic remains an ever-present concern. As such, only “essential businesses” are permitted to operate without restriction at this time. The cannabis industry is considered an essential business (healthcare), as is service/sanitation. GAIACA fulfills both essential business descriptions, as we have clientele that rely on our service to allow their businesses to continue operating safely and effectively. Read More

Hazardous Waste Manifest Certification Training October 17, 2019

By Blog Report, Events/Conferences, Health and Safety, RegulationNo Comments

Thank You to everyone who attended our last successful Hazardous Waste Manifest Certification Training. 26 GAIACA customers attended the Hazardous Waste Manifest Certification Training on July 31, 2019, in Sacramento, CA.

Attendees left the class with a better understanding of how to properly manage and ship the hazardous waste that they generate from manufacturing and laboratory processes.

The training class goal was to meet the regulatory requirements by the DTSC (Department of Toxics Substances Control) and DOT (Department of Transportation) for anyone signing a Hazardous Waste Manifest. If you missed the event now is your chance to join us for the next certification training. Event space is limited to 30 seats so act quickly to reserve your ticket for the next event listed below.


Next Training Session:

When: Oct 17, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center 700 N. Haven Ave, Ontario, California 91764. MAP

Cost: $295 Per Attendee

Register:  Sign up below or call GAIACA directly (833) 225-4242


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GAIACA at NCIA San Jose 2019

By Events/ConferencesNo Comments

We were thrilled to attend NCIA 2019 at the San Jose Convention Center – “The nation’s most influential, award-winning cannabis conference & trade show, hosted by the industry’s only national trade association,returns to San Jose to celebrate six years of bringing together the industry’s best and brightest minds.” 

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See you at NCIA San Jose 2019!

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Come see the GAIACA family at NCIA’s Cannabiz Business Summit & Expo at booth #1421

on Monday July 22 – Wednesday 24 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Join us at the expo to engage with industry’s best and brightest!

Take our quiz to see how compliant your location is and find out how GAIACA can assist your location with your cannabis waste needs!

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It’s Official, We Are Now Green Business Certified!

By Featured, Industry Updates, Press, SustainabilityNo Comments

This is what our business stands for. The service we provide is a responsible answer to a growing waste problem, especially in such a niche market such as cannabis-related waste product. We aim to teach our clients about proper disposal of a wide range of waste product to promote responsible processes that promote sustainability. What better way is there than to lead by example?

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