Waste, Revitalized

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

Cannabis Waste Solutions

SITE EVALUATION

State Requirement

According to State Regulation, it is the responsibility of the operator to identify their waste streams as waste/cannabis waste/hazardous waste and follow all applicable rules and regulations for proper disposal [Title 16 CCR, Division 42 “BCC”; Title 17 CCR, Division 1 “CDPH”; Title 3 CCR, Division 8 “Cal-Cannabis / CDFA”; PRC, Division 30 “Waste Management”; Title 40 CFR, Part 239-282].

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 §5054 (a)(b); CDPH §40290 (a); CDFA §8108].

CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE

State Requirement

If not managed onsite, operators must demonstrate that all waste is properly handled by a licensed and permitted cannabis waste service provider [BCC, §5054; CDPH, §40290; CDFA, §8308]

GAIACA is properly licensed to handle all streams of cannabis waste (hazardous and non-hazardous). GAIACA will provide 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 the licensed premises, preventing the public for harm [BCC §5054 (e); CDPH §40290 (b); CDFA §8308 (d)].

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 [BCC §5054 (c); CDPH §40290 (b); CDFA §8308 (e)].

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.

Upon pickup, GAIACA will conduct a proprietary onsite rendering procedure meeting the State requirement of converting cannabis product into cannabis waste. GAIACA holds local, State, and Federal license and registration to handle and transport both hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

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State Requirement 

All cannabis byproduct must be properly rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” prior to leaving the licensed premises [BCC §5054 (d); CDPH §40290 (c); CDFA §8308 (g)]

ON-SITE PROCESSING

State Requirement

Cannabis goods intended for disposal shall remain on the licensed premises until rendered into cannabis waste. [§ 5054 BCC CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS (CCR) TITLE 16, DIVISION 42 (c)]

GAIACA utilizes a combination of internal industrial processes and strategic partnerships to further treat cannabis waste. The goal being to compost, recycle, and transform, rather than adding to our growing landfills. GAIACA is on a ‘zero-waste’ mission.

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, 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 tracked and traced, illustrating that the cannabis product has been rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” and deposited at a licensed compost/landfill/solid waste facility [BCC” §5049 (a)(6) & §5054 (f) & §5314 (a)(3); CDPH” §40290 (d); CDFA §8308 (i)(j)(k) & §8402].

Waste Sorting Flow

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 Regulation, it is the responsibility of the operator to identify their waste streams as waste/cannabis waste/hazardous waste and follow all applicable rules and regulations for proper disposal  [Title 16 CCR, Division 42 “BCC”; Title 17 CCR, Division 1 “CDPH”; Title 3 CCR, Division 8 “Cal-Cannabis / CDFA”; PRC, Division 30 “Waste Management”; Title 40 CFR, Part 239-282].

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 §5054 (a)(b); CDPH §40290 (a); CDFA §8108].

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 and permitted cannabis waste service provider [BCC, §5054; CDPH, §40290; CDFA, §8308].

GAIACA is properly licensed to handle all streams of cannabis waste (hazardous and non-hazardous). GAIACA will provide 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 the licensed premises, preventing the public for harm [BCC §5054 (e); CDPH §40290 (b); CDFA §8308 (d)].

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 [BCC §5054 (c); CDPH §40290 (b); CDFA §8308 (e)].

 

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 properly rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” prior to leaving the licensed premises [BCC §5054 (d); CDPH §40290 (c); CDFA §8308 (g)]

Upon pickup, GAIACA will conduct a proprietary onsite rendering procedure meeting the State requirement of converting cannabis product into cannabis waste. GAIACA holds local, State, and Federal license and registration to handle and transport both hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

OFF-SITE PROCESSING

State Requirement

All cannabis waste and hazardous waste must be properly and responsibly disposed of per Public Resources Code [PRC, Division 30 “Waste Management”]

GAIACA utilizes a combination of internal industrial processes and strategic partnerships to further treat cannabis waste. The goal being to compost, recycle, and transform, rather than adding to our growing landfills. GAIACA is on a ‘zero-waste’ mission.

WASTE MANIFEST

State Requirement 

All cannabis waste must be tracked and traced, illustrating that the cannabis product has been rendered “unusable and unrecognizable” and deposited at a licensed compost/landfill/solid waste facility [BCC” §5049 (a)(6) & §5054 (f) & §5314 (a)(3); CDPH” §40290 (d); CDFA §8308 (i)(j)(k) & §8402].

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, 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.

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