We’re probably all in agreement that the State regulations are a little… well, vague when it comes to cannabis rendering and waste disposal in some regards. Depending on the stream of waste, it must be rendered accordingly (we know this from experience). Some operators think that it is sufficient enough to throw their green waste into a plant waste shredder and then add some other medium like paper, wood chips or other organic waste to render it into cannabis waste.

Plant Waste Shredder vs Professional Cannabis Waste Management

Plant Waste Shredder

This generally isn’t the best option because:

Human Resources

Most operations are running on the leaner side. Having personnel dedicated to operating a plant waste shredder may not be the most economical use of time.

Cost of Medium Additive

Operators are forced to keep an inventory of the other organic medium to mix with their cannabis green waste. If space is an issue, having to store it for future use just adds to the problem.

Square Footage

You’ll need 300 SF ++ in order to have a rendering operation within your facility.

Volume of Waste

As you add organic medium to your cannabis product to render it unusable and unrecognizable, you will double your volume of cannabis waste. You will then be responsible for disposing of it.


Regulations dictate that operators are required to provide documentation to the State showing the cradle-to-grave chain of custody. This is both tedious and time-consuming.

Human Health/Safety Concerns

As you are required to render your cannabis product in a secured, surveillance area (on camera), the rendering will likely occur inside your facility. Using a plant shredder indoors poses risks to your employees and overall facility hygiene.

Final Disposal

Most operators aren’t aware of the final grave of their waste. When an operator uses a plant waste shredder and then disposes of their cannabis waste via their municipal waste hauler, there is a very high likelihood that it will unnecessarily end up in a landfill.

Professional Cannabis Waste Management

Instead of worrying about resources, workplace hazards, and proper disposal, operators have a second option–using a professional cannabis waste management service to mitigate all of these potential issues. Ultimately, a cannabis waste management provider will pick up the operator’s unrendered cannabis product and will transport it to a processing facility to render it on their behalf. The cannabis waste management provider will manifest the cannabis waste from cradle to grave as per State regulation.

At GAIACA, we pride ourselves in being your one-stop-shop for cannabis-related waste. We provide waste management and disposal services for non-hazardous and hazardous waste. We also take it a step further and send monthly waste compliance reports to the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) on behalf of the operator.

Feel free to reach out to us with your cannabis waste management service questions. Let us take care of your waste and continue to do what you do best!