cannabis waste management starts with GAIACA


Regulatory compliance is of utmost importance in any field; especially in a new, burgeoning one such as cannabis industry. Understanding regulations can be confusing and unclear, often subject to interpretation. Luckily, GAIACA has taken care of the hard work. Below we have outlined important State regulations and how GAIACA will help you remain compliant. GAIACA is a full-service solution, ready to assist current and future cannabis operators in meeting State requirements pertaining to compliant cannabis waste management.

Site Evaluation

State Requriement : According to state regulations, it is the responsibility of the operator to identify their waste streams as waste/cannabis waste/hazardous waste [CDPH Regulations, § 40290 (a)]  and follow the applicable rules and regulations of proper disposal.

GAIACA Service GAIACA will conduct an initial site inspection to evaluate each operators needs and to help create a site-specific waste program. GAIACA will also help the operator with their Cannabis Waste Profiling 

Waste Management Plan

State Requirement : It is a requirement of all operators obtaining a state license to submit a Waste Management Plan that clearly illustrates compliant waste handling and disposal procedures per local and state law[BCC Regulations, § 5002 (29, E, i)].


GAIACA Service : After a site evaluation, GAIACA will create a site-specific waste management plan, addressing all applicable local and state laws. This document can be submitted as part of cannabis licensing applications.

Certification Of Compliance

State Requirement : If not managed onsite, operators must demonstrate that all waste is properly handled by a licensed cannabis waste service provider [BCC Regulations, § 5002 (29, E, i, ii)].


GAIACA Service :GAIACA is properly licensed to handle all stream of cannabis waste (hazardous and non-hazardous). GAIACA  will provide to the operator a Certification of Compliance that can be given to the State demonstrating the operator has a compliant Waste Management Program in place.

Bin Drop-Off

State Requirement : The State requires all cannabis waste to be stored in a secured area on a licensed premises, preventing the public from harm [BCC Regulations, § 5055 (c)].


GAIACA Service : GAIACA will provide secure and lockable drums for cannabis waste accumulation. Gaiaca will advise on a secure and appropriate location within the facility in which to store the drums.

Fill-Up Bins

State Requirement : All cannabis waste must be properly disposed of. It is the obligation of the operator to mitigate potential sources of odor [CDPH Regulations, §40240 (f)].


GAIACA Service : GAIACA’s hazmat-rated drums allow operators to easily and safely accumulate waste. All drums are non-reactive and air-tight to help with cannabis odor control.

Bin Pick-Up

State Requirement : All cannabis byproduct must be transported with a cannabis distribution license (Type-11 License)To remove cannabis byproduct from a licensed cannabis facility, the waste hauling company must have a cannabis distribution license.

GAIACA Service : GAIACA is a properly licensed cannabis waste management company with State licenses to transport both hazardous and non-hazardous cannabis byproduct to our licensed processing facility.



State Requirement :  All cannabis byproduct must be properly rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” in order to be identified as “cannabis waste” [BCC Regulations: § 5054 (D)].

GAIACA Service : With the use of GAIACA’s industrial equipment and proprietary processes, all cannabis byproduct is blended and pulverized until it has been rendered “unusable and unrecognizable”. The final result is neutralized cannabis waste that can either be composted, recycled, or transformed.

Waste Manifest

State Requirement : All cannabis waste must be track and traced, illustrating that the cannabis product has been rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” and deposited at a licensed compost/landfill/solid waste facility [BCC Regulations: § 5049. Track and Trace Reporting (6)]


GAIACA Service GAIACA will complete a cannabis waste manifest upon collection of waste. Gaiaca’s waste manifest tracks cannabis waste from its cradle (operator facility), through the rendering process (Gaiaca’s facility), to its final grave (licensed compost/landfill/solid waste facility). GAIACA will provide the operator with a copy of the manifest as a receipt of waste disposal and will also send a copy to the State on behalf of the operator, proving waste disposal compliance.

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