Waste, Revitalized

Regulatory compliance is of utmost importance in any field; especially in a new, burgeoning one such as cannabis industry. Understanding regulations can be confusing and unclear, often subject to interpretation. Luckily, GAIACA has taken care of the hard work. GAIACA is a full-service solution, ready to assist current and future cannabis operators in meeting State requirements pertaining to compliant cannabis waste management.

SITE EVALUATION

State Requirement

According to state regulations, it is the responsibility of the operator to identify their waste streams as waste/cannabis waste/hazardous waste [CDPH Regulations, § 40290 (a)]  and follow the applicable rules and regulations of proper disposal.

GAIACA will conduct an initial site inspection to evaluate each operators’ needs and to help create a site-specific waste program. GAIACA will also help the operator in identifying and profiling their cannabis waste for compliance.

Following the evaluation, GAIACA will create a site-specific waste management plan, addressing all applicable local, State, and Federal laws. This document can be submitted as part of the cannabis licensing applications, or retained internally as a supplement to the business plan.

WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN

State Requirement 

It is a requirement of all operators obtaining a state license to submit a Waste Management Plan that clearly illustrates compliant waste handling and disposal procedures per local and state law[BCC Regulations, § 5002 (29, E, i)].

CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE

State Requirement

If not managed onsite, operators must demonstrate that all waste is properly handled by a licensed cannabis waste service provider [BCC Regulations, § 5002 (29, E, i, ii)].

GAIACA is properly licensed to handle all streams of cannabis waste (hazardous and non-hazardous). GAIACA will provide to the operator a Certification of Compliance that can be visibly posted onsite, demonstrating to any State official that the operator has a compliant Waste Management Program in place.

GAIACA will provide secure and lockable drums for cannabis waste accumulation. GAIACA will advise on an appropriate location within the facility in which to store the drums. In addition to a main waste storage area, GAIACA can assist in setting up satellite accumulation points throughout the facility.

DROP IT OFF

State Requirement 

The State requires all cannabis waste to be stored in a secured area on a licensed premises, preventing the public from harm [BCC Regulations, § 5055 (c)].

FILL IT UP

State Requirement

All cannabis waste must be properly disposed of. It is the obligation of the operator to mitigate potential sources of odor [CDPH Regulations, §40240 (f)].

GAIACA’s HazMat-quality, UN-rated drums allow operators to easily and safely accumulate waste onsite. All drums are non-reactive and air-tight to help with cannabis odor control. Drums are equipped with biodegradable inner bag liners to add an extra level of hygiene.

GAIACA is a properly licensed cannabis waste management company with local, State, and Federal licenses and registration to handle and transport both hazardous and non-hazardous cannabis byproduct to our permitted processing facility.

PICK IT UP

State Requirement 

All cannabis byproduct must be transported with a cannabis distribution license (Type-11 License)To remove cannabis byproduct from a licensed cannabis facility, the waste hauling company must have a cannabis distribution license.

PROCESSING

State Requirement

All cannabis byproduct must be properly rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” in order to be identified as “cannabis waste” [BCC Regulations: § 5054 (D)].

With the use of GAIACA’s industrial equipment and proprietary procedures, all cannabis byproduct is thoroughly processed until it has been rendered “unusable and unrecognizable”. The final result is neutralized cannabis waste that can either be composted, recycled, or transformed.

GAIACA will complete a cannabis waste manifest upon collection of waste. GAIACA’s waste manifest tracks the chain of custody of cannabis waste from its cradle (operator facility), through the rendering process (GAIACA’s facility), to its final grave (permitted compost/solid waste/recycling facility). GAIACA will provide the operator with a final Certificate of Destruction, showing proof of proper waste disposal. A copy will also be sent to the State, on behalf of the operator, to meet Track-and-Trace requirements.

WASTE MANIFEST

State Requirement 

All cannabis waste must be track and traced, illustrating that the cannabis product has been rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” and deposited at a licensed compost/landfill/solid waste facility [BCC Regulations: § 5049. Track and Trace Reporting (6)]

Infeed & Sort

Incoming trucks are directed to a scaled dock. Containers are inspected, documented, unloaded, and emptied, and materials are prepped for main stream sorting (organic, or inorganic).

Recyclable Items

Inorganic items are further sorted through material recovery filters. Sorted materials such as glass, plastic, metal, and batteries, are then bailed and sent to various recycling facilities for further treatment.

Organic

Organic materials that have been deemed fibrous are cleaned, processed, and bailed for future manufacturing opportunities (hemp). Materials that have been deemed non-fibrous are rendered unrecognizable and unusable into a pre-compost mixture, which then gets blended with beneficial microbes and composted for up to 6 months.

Waste Transformation

Waste materials that are deemed unsuitable for recycling or compost are shipped to a partnered transformation facility where they are converted into renewable energies/fuel sources.

SITE EVALUATION

State Requirement

According to state regulations, it is the responsibility of the operator to identify their waste streams as waste/cannabis waste/hazardous waste [CDPH Regulations, § 40290 (a)]  and follow the applicable rules and regulations of proper disposal.

GAIACA will conduct an initial site inspection to evaluate each operators’ needs and to help create a site-specific waste program. GAIACA will also help the operator in identifying and profiling their cannabis waste for compliance.

WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN

State Requirement 

It is a requirement of all operators obtaining a state license to submit a Waste Management Plan that clearly illustrates compliant waste handling and disposal procedures per local and state law[BCC Regulations, § 5002 (29, E, i)].

Following the evaluation, GAIACA will create a site-specific waste management plan, addressing all applicable local, State, and Federal laws. This document can be submitted as part of the cannabis licensing applications, or retained internally as a supplement to the business plan.

CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE

State Requirement

If not managed onsite, operators must demonstrate that all waste is properly handled by a licensed cannabis waste service provider [BCC Regulations, § 5002 (29, E, i, ii)].

GAIACA is properly licensed to handle all streams of cannabis waste (hazardous and non-hazardous). GAIACA will provide to the operator a Certification of Compliance that can be visibly posted onsite, demonstrating to any State official that the operator has a compliant Waste Management Program in place.

DROP IT OFF

State Requirement 

The State requires all cannabis waste to be stored in a secured area on a licensed premises, preventing the public from harm [BCC Regulations, § 5055 (c)].

GAIACA will provide secure and lockable drums for cannabis waste accumulation. GAIACA will advise on an appropriate location within the facility in which to store the drums. In addition to a main waste storage area, GAIACA can assist in setting up satellite accumulation points throughout the facility.

FILL IT UP

State Requirement

All cannabis waste must be properly disposed of. It is the obligation of the operator to mitigate potential sources of odor [CDPH Regulations, §40240 (f)].

 

GAIACA’s HazMat-quality, UN-rated drums allow operators to easily and safely accumulate waste onsite. All drums are non-reactive and air-tight to help with cannabis odor control. Drums are equipped with biodegradable inner bag liners to add an extra level of hygiene.

PICK IT UP

State Requirement 

All cannabis byproduct must be transported with a cannabis distribution license (Type-11 License)To remove cannabis byproduct from a licensed cannabis facility, the waste hauling company must have a cannabis distribution license.

GAIACA is a properly licensed cannabis waste management company with local, State, and Federal licenses and registration to handle and transport both hazardous and non-hazardous cannabis byproduct to our permitted processing facility.

PROCESSING

State Requirement

All cannabis byproduct must be properly rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” in order to be identified as “cannabis waste” [BCC Regulations: § 5054 (D)].

With the use of GAIACA’s industrial equipment and proprietary procedures, all cannabis byproduct is thoroughly processed until it has been rendered “unusable and unrecognizable”. The final result is neutralized cannabis waste that can either be composted, recycled, or transformed.

WASTE MANIFEST

State Requirement 

All cannabis waste must be track and traced, illustrating that the cannabis product has been rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” and deposited at a licensed compost/landfill/solid waste facility [BCC Regulations: § 5049. Track and Trace Reporting (6)]

GAIACA will complete a cannabis waste manifest upon collection of waste. GAIACA’s waste manifest tracks the chain of custody of cannabis waste from its cradle (operator facility), through the rendering process (GAIACA’s facility), to its final grave (permitted compost/solid waste/recycling facility). GAIACA will provide the operator with a final Certificate of Destruction, showing proof of proper waste disposal. A copy will also be sent to the State, on behalf of the operator, to meet Track-and-Trace requirements.