GAIACA Cannabis Waste Management

WHO WE ARE


GAIACA (pronounced GUY-UH-KUH) is a fusion of the word GAIA – a theory in which all life interacts beneficially and synergistically to improve our existence on Earth; and CA – short for the State of California in which we were founded.

GAIACA is proud to be the Nation’s first, properly licensed cannabis waste management service provider.We service cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and events – all facets of the industry; and we help manage all forms of waste – plant material, packaged product, non-hazardous, hazardous, universal, etc.

From the roots of our name, GAIACA’s primary objective is to provide cannabis operators with a compliant yet sustainable solution for their regulated cannabis waste, allowing them to focus exclusively on what they do best.

GAIACA’s goal for a ‘zero-waste’ cannabis industry starts here….

GAIACA’s goal for a ‘zero-waste’ cannabis industry starts here…


Incoming trucks are directed to a scaled dock where containers are unloaded, inspected, and documented. Containers are emptied, and material is prepared for sorting.

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Sorters segregate material into two main streams: Organics and Inorganics
Organics – cannabis plant material, biomass, grow medium, edible/food stuff, etc.
Inorganics – packaged product, contaminated disposables, vape carts, plastic, glass, metal, etc.

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Organic material is separated into two streams: Fibrous and Non-Fibrous.

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Fibrous material such as cannabis stalks and stems are cleaned, processed, and bailed for hemp. 

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Rendering of organic cannabis material, unrecognizable and unusable, with other organic non-cannabis material to create a pre-compost.

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Material blend is combined with beneficial microbes and composted for up to 6 months.

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Inorganic materials are sorted and separated into like items, depending upon their substrate (i.e. plastic, glass, metal).

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Cannabis material is separated from non-cannabis material through specialized treatment and processing.
(i.e. edibles removed from bags, balms from jars, cartridges from vaporizers, etc.)

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Isolated cannabis items are further processed, sorted, and rendered unrecognizable and unusable per State requirement.

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Recyclable items (i.e. glass, plastic, metal, batteries) are bailed and sent to partner recycling facilities for further treatment.

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Organic materials are diverted back to the “Organics Sorting”.

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Waste materials that are not suitable for recycling or composting are shipped to a partner transformation facility and converted into a renewable energy/fuel source.

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Our Co-Founders

Monterey Peninsula natives Jonathan Lee and Garrett Rodewald embarked on their journey in 2016 to create a sustainable solution for the quickly growing cannabis waste concern in California. Together, they combined their backgrounds in development and compliance, forming what has now become the Nation's first, properly licensed cannabis waste management company - GAIACA.

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Our Co-Founders

Monterey Peninsula natives Jonathan Lee and Garrett Rodewald embarked on their journey in 2016 to create a sustainable solution for the quickly growing cannabis waste concern in California. Together, they combined their backgrounds in development and compliance, forming what has now become the Nation’s first, properly licensed cannabis waste management company – GAIACA.​

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan is a Monterey local and has an extensive background in commercial real estate development. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Jonathan spent the latter part of his formative years playing ice hockey for the academy and later professionally, prior to earning his B.A. in Architecture and Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. A serial entrepreneur at heart, Jonathan has spearheaded several entrepreneurial ventures in the tech and services space.

Jonathan Lee
Garrett Rodewald

Garrett Rodewald

Garrett hails from Pacific Grove and has an extensive science background and over a decade of experience in environmental consulting specializing in industrial hygiene and EPA & OSHA compliance. He earned his B.S. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Also, an avid surfer and outdoorsman, Garrett is equal parts scientist, waste management expert, and entrepreneur.

Our Team

David Wright, Director of Logistics
James Krechuniak, Client Relations
Jackie Putnam, Office Manager

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