Submitting a Cannabis Waste Management Plan is a requirement for all cannabis operators obtaining a state license. Waste management plans must clearly illustrate compliant waste handling and disposal procedures per local and State laws.

Compliant Waste Management Plans Designed to support our California Clients

The affiliated regulations can be found below:

From the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC):

As part of the Annual License Application Requirements (§ 5002),

(29) All licensee applications shall include a detailed description of the applicant’s operating procedures including the following (if applicable):

(E) Cannabis Waste Procedures

(i) The applicant’s procedure for disposing of cannabis waste, including whether the applicant will be using a local agency or waste hauler permitted by a local agency or self-hauling the waste to a solid waste facility. If the applicant will be using a local agency or waste hauler permitted by a local agency, the applicant shall include the information required under section 5055(e)(1).

From the California Department of Food and Agriculture (applicable to cannabis cultivators):

§ 8108. Cannabis Waste Management Plan. For the purposes of this section, “cannabis waste” is an organic waste, as defined in section 42649.8(c) of the Public Resources Code. An applicant’s cannabis waste management plan shall identify one or more of the following methods for managing cannabis waste generated on their licensed premises:

(a) On-premises composting of cannabis waste;
(b) Collection and processing of cannabis waste by a local agency, a waste hauler franchised or contracted by a local agency, or a private waste hauler permitted by a local agency;
(c) Self-haul cannabis waste to one or more of the following:

(1) A manned fully permitted solid waste landfill or transformation facility;
(2) A manned fully permitted composting facility or manned composting operation;
(3) A manned fully permitted in-vessel digestion facility or manned in-vessel digestion operation;
(4) A manned, fully permitted transfer/processing facility or manned transfer/processing operation; or
(5) A manned fully permitted chip and grind operation or facility.

GAIACA is well experienced with the creation of cannabis waste management plans. Our waste management plans are recognized at both the State and local levels as a reputable supporting document for cannabis operators applying for their cannabis licenses.

Our waste management plans are site-specific and can be included in the application for local and/or State approval. The waste management plan is specifically tailored to a client’s facility, including specific streams of waste generated, satellite accumulation sites, main waste storage areas, emergency spill plans, waste handling techniques, waste collection frequency, facility personnel designated to sign off on waste, registration and training requirements, etc.

Reach out to us to learn more about how to check off one more item on your licensing application list!