What Penalties Can Cannabis Businesses Face for Improper Waste Management in California

What Penalties Can Cannabis Businesses Face for Improper Waste Management in California?

By Regulation, Waste Education

California cannabis companies must adhere to strict waste management requirements or risk severe fines or loss of licensure. Remaining in compliance isn’t easy. Cannabis is regulated by multiple agencies each with its own requirements, and the requirements themselves are sometimes vague and subject to interpretation. Improper waste management can place a business in jeopardy, so it’s important to understand the essentials.

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Is Cannabis Manufacturer Waste Categorized as Special Waste

What Is Special Waste & Does Cannabis Waste Apply?

By Waste Education, Waste Management

If you cultivate, manufacture, or sell cannabis, you’re probably subject to special waste requirements. In other words, you can’t simply toss your cannabis waste in the garbage and forget about it. You need to store it, treat it, and remove it according to strict guidelines, otherwise you may face serious consequences. Learn more about special waste and how it affects cannabis brands.

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How to Dispose of Butane and Other Solvents

How to Dispose of Butane and Other Solvents

By Waste Education, Waste Management

Solvents like butane are used for an array of purposes, from cooking to refrigeration, but how do you dispose of your butane cans when you’re done with them? You can’t just toss them in the garbage and forget about them. Whether you’re looking to generate heat at a campsite or make cannabis concentrates via hydrocarbon extraction, it’s important to know how to dispose of butane and other solvents safely and legally.

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What Can You Do With Hemp Biomass

What Can You Do With Hemp Biomass?

By Hemp

Hemp biomass is a term referring to the non-flower parts of the hemp plant. The biomass is generally regarded as waste by cultivators who prize the CBD-rich flowers, but it’s far from useless. In fact, the biomass can be extremely profitable for cultivators who know how to make use of it.

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Common Hemp Myths Debunked

Top 7 Hemp Myths Debunked

By Hemp

Hemp is becoming extremely popular in light of its loosened agricultural restrictions in the U.S., but there are still quite a few hemp myths out there. Some people believe that hemp is a form of marijuana while others think that all CBD products are hemp-derived. We’re here to dispel the various hemp myths and rumors.

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California Cannabis Labeling Requirements & What They Mean

California Cannabis Labeling Requirements Explained

By Cultivation, Regulation

All cannabis products sold in California dispensaries are subject to strict labeling requirements. Cannabis was made legal in the state via the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64), but labeling guidelines are set by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Failure to abide by these guidelines can expose you to fines or even the loss of your license. Read More

The Environmental Impact of Marijuana

The Environmental Impact of Marijuana

By Health and Safety

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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Cannabis Production & Pollution

What You Need to Know About Cannabis Production & Pollution

By Sustainability

Marijuana has evolved in recent years from a forbidden herb into a thriving above-board industry, but this burgeoning green empire may come with a significant environmental cost. As more cultivation facilities pop up from California to Maine, researchers are now starting to take a look at the pollution being emitted as well as the larger impact on our planet. Read More

are hydroponic nutrients safe?

Are Hydroponic Nutrients Safe?

By Cultivation, Health and Safety

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, Regulation

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? Read More

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 Safety

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, Press

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

how to properly dispose of hydroponic waste

How to Dispose of Hydroponic Nutrients

By Featured, Waste Services

Whether you’re nearing the end of your grow cycle or you simply need to change the nutrient solution in your reservoir, proper disposal of your nutrients is critical. There’s a great deal of debate surrounding how to dispose of hydroponic nutrients, but it’s important to know that improper waste removal can land you in hot water (pun intended). Read More

Hazardous Waste Manifest Certification Training October 17, 2019

By Blog Report, Events/Conferences, Health and Safety, Regulation

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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