Waste stream identification and profiling are conducted via visual inspection, sampling, and reporting. Waste stream samples can be transported to a local, qualified, third-party laboratory for quick analysis. In most cases, samples can be analyzed on a 24- to 48-hour turn-around time. Waste Characterization is the first step in developing a meaningful Waste Management Program.
If an operator has chosen to self-render their cannabis waste onsite, Gaiaca can provide third-party verification and documentation that the cannabis waste has been properly rendered unusable and unrecognizable per State regulation. Gaiaca can sign off on self-rendered loads of cannabis waste, ultimately taking the liability off of the client.
Full drums of cannabis by-product are collected from our client’s facility and properly manifested for transport. Drums are identified and weighed initially upon pickup, and again upon receipt to ensure that no tampering occurred during waste transport and handling. Waste manifests are signed a total of three times, once by the generator, a second time by the Gaiaca transport tech, and lastly by the Gaiaca intake tech.
Non-Hazardous cannabis waste is transported directly to Gaiaca’s facility for processing, while Hazardous cannabis waste is taken to an appropriate Hazardous Material Intake Facility for disposal.
Non-Hazardous cannabis by-product is processed at Gaiaca’s facility using a proprietary pre-composting procedure. Gaiaca sustainably sources natural, nutrient-rich, non-cannabis material, to conduct the rendering process. The cannabis byproduct is physically altered and thoroughly blended with the other non-cannabis material to make it unusable and unrecognizable into cannabis waste. Once the rendering process is complete, the material is then transported to our partner recycling facility where it is composted. The final, composted material can now be reused as soil, amendment, landscaping, erosion control, or donated for research purposes.
Gaiaca will complete a waste manifest upon collection of waste as part of the State’s track and trace requirement. Gaiaca’s waste manifest will track the waste from its cradle (operator facility), through the rendering process (Gaiaca’s facility), to its final grave (licensed compost/landfill facility). Gaiaca will provide the operator with a copy of the manifest as a receipt of waste disposal and confirmation waste has been properly disposed of.
Gaiaca personnel are well-experienced in providing waste management planning and support. Upon membership subscription and/or specialty consultation, our clients receive waste management program development and documentation. Gaiaca creates site-specific waste management plans and issues Gaiaca Certificates of Waste Compliance to participating operators. These documents can be provided to local and/or State authorities, demonstrating cannabis waste compliance.
If an operator has chosen to self-render their cannabis waste onsite, Gaiaca can provide third-party verification and documentation that the cannabis by-product has been properly rendered unusable and unrecognizable into cannabis waste per State regulation. Gaiaca can sign off on self-rendered loads of cannabis waste, ultimately taking the liability off of our client.
Hazardous cannabis waste is categorized separately from non-hazardous cannabis waste, and furthermore, is treated differently than traditional hazardous waste in that it contains cannabis and its chemical constituents; a Schedule 1 Federally Controlled Substance (FCS). Gaiaca is not only an EPA-registered hazardous waste transporter and State-licensed type-11 cannabis distributor, but is also equipped with years of experience in hazardous material management and consulting. We can assist all types of cannabis operators with necessary duties such as hazardous waste management program development, generator identification and registration, waste profiling, and disposal. Gaiaca will ensure that all hazardous cannabis waste is properly handled, stored, transported, documented, and disposed of with respect to the Federal, State, and local government. To learn more about hazardous cannabis waste, check out this blog post.
WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Subscription with GAIACA’s cannabis waste collection service or waste management services will ensure that your cannabis byproduct is compliantly managed. 55-gallon polyethylene drums are placed in a secure location within your facility as per State Regulation, separate from traditional waste bins. Full drums are removed on a scheduled basis, with fresh, empty ones left in their place. All waste removed from your site will be thoroughly documented via our cannabis waste manifest, requiring signatures from both facility management and GAIACA transport technicians. Waste is track and traced from the point of generation to its final resting place, with the chain of custody issued to you as proof of disposal.
Non-hazardous and hazardous cannabis waste includes, but is not limited to, raw plant, trim, leaf, stem, soil/grow medium, extraction/distillation byproduct (oils, waxes, winterization), spent solvents/reagents, edible byproduct, contaminated material (failed lab testing), and expired goods, displays, etc.