Cannabis Resources

We’ve got all the resources for everything you need to know about waste management, operations, and news.

Industry Blog Posts

We try to upload an article every week on updates in the industry or with us.
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Notice Regarding Advertising or Promoting Commercial Cannabis

September 17, 2019

Strict new advertising guidelines for licensees and any person acting on behalf of licensee

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Notice Regarding Advertising or Promoting Commercial Cannabis by Non-Licensees

September 17, 2019

New state guidelines for cannabis advertising by non-licensees

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Bureau of Cannabis Control Publish Notices Outlining Commercial Cannabis Advertising Requirements

September 17, 2019

Bureau of Cannabis Control Publish Notices Outlining Commercial Cannabis Advertising Requirements

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Cannabis Waste Is 'Special Regulated Waste' and That's a Costly Problem for the Industry

June 29, 2019

Medical and recreational cannabis is projected to be a $13 billion dollar industry in the US in 2019, which has investors and eager entrepreneurs alike clambering to get in on the market. Seemingly overnight, cannabis in the US has gone from an underground enterprise to a booming industry - and everyone wants a piece of it.

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How the waste industry can keep up with an ever-growing cannabis stream

July 9, 2019

Today, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form. In November 2018, Michigan voters made it the largest Midwestern state to approve a measure permitting adults age 21 and over to purchase and possess recreational-use marijuana. In these states and Canada, cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensary operations are geared toward producing a steady supply to meet medical and recreational consumer demands.

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The Waste Cannabis Makes

May 18, 2019

As you wander your way through dispensaries in 2019, you may notice your favorite cannabis products have been upgraded with beautifully branded packaging. Yet, with more packaging comes more responsibility to recycle-- an issue that’s growing increasingly necessary within the cannabis industry. But it’s trickier than just tossing your toking remnants into a blue bin.

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Marijuana Industry Hazards

July 8, 2019

Recent publications indicate that marijuana industry hazards are more numerous and varied than many might have expected. Marijuana is now legal in some form (medical and/or recreational) in more than half of U.S. states, but the industry has yet to develop as a full-fledged, law-abiding entity operating under the same occupational health and safety considerations and other regulatory compliance mandates as those expected to be adhered to by businesses in more well-established industries.

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Composting: The Benefits

July 8, 2019

Why Compost? Recycling at its natural best just isn’t good enough for you? Well then, here are some of the many other good reasons to compost…Organic wastes, such as food waste and yard waste, make up 25 to 50% of what people throw away. While you may not be able to compost all of the organic waste you generate, composting can significantly cut down on your overall trash.When we throw away yard and food waste, it decomposes in a landfill and releases methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas. While most landfills have technology to capture much of this methane, eliminating the gas at its source is even better.

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Cannabis Company Accused of Illegally Dumping Hazardous Waste

July 8, 2019

Federal prosecutors say the owner and administrator of a local marijuana production facility arranged the illegal disposal of more than 1,500 pounds of hazardous waste on public and private property in San Diego county.

Frequently Asked Questions: All You Need to Know About Cannabis Waste

Have a question that urgently needs to be answered? We can be of service. If the question you have is not answered in the FAQ below, you can contact us directly HERE.

What is cannabis waste?

The general rule of thumb is anything that has THC or comes into contact with THC must be rendered unusable and unrecognizable. At this point is the cannabis considered “waste” and can be disposed of properly.

Who produces cannabis waste?

All licensees in the cannabis market produce their own special type of waste. Please contact us today to learn more. As an example, retailers often see expired or returned items, which can’t be sold and definitely can’t just be thrown away. Extractors use chemicals, solvents and lots of water in their process that can’t be flushed away. Cultivators see the most amount of waste during harvest as any plant material, soil or packaging that has come in contact with THC must be disposed of properly.

How often does my waste need to be picked up?

Totally depends on your waste quantity! We provide the right containers based on how much waste you generate so the pickup schedule is tailored to you.

Is cannabis waste considered “organic”?

In most states, cannabis waste is referred to as “a special regulated waste”, which means it needs to be stored, handled, transported, processed, and tracked in very specific ways.

Do I need a Waste Management Plan for my license?

Yes, the different licensing agencies require a Waste Management Plan in order to consider you. This document is provided to you after our initial assessment of your facilities and is fully customized for your needs.

What do you do with my waste?

We pride ourselves on being a responsible company that cares for our environment. All of the packaging/glassware will be recycled, the green waste will be composted and hazardous waste will be treated properly. The landfill is our last resort and we have not had to use it yet!

Cannabis Waste Legislation

On January 1, 2018 recreational cannabis became legal to cultivate, distribute, manufacture and sell in California. Three state licensing agencies play a part in the commercial cannabis market:

  1. Bureau of Cannabis Control

The Bureau is housed within the Department of Consumer Affairs and licenses testing labs, distributors, dispensaries, retailers, and microbusinesses.

  • CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

CalCannabis is housed within the Department of Food and Agriculture and licenses cannabis cultivators, nurseries, and procecessors.

  • Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch

MCSB is housed within the Department of Public Health and licenses manufacturers of cannabis products, including those products meant to be consumed, inhaled, or used topically.

California Department of Food and Agriculture Regulations

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), is responsible for licensing cultivators of medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis and implementing a track-and-trace system to record the movement of cannabis through the distribution chain.

California Department of Public Health Regulations

The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, a division of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is responsible for regulating and licensing the manufacturers of cannabis-infused edibles for both medical and nonmedical use.

Bureau of Cannabis Control Regulations

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) is the lead agency in regulating commercial cannabis licenses for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events.

Regulation Resources

BCC - §5054 Waste ManagementManagementCalCannabis - §8308 Cannabis Waste ManagementMCSB - §40290 WasteManagementCalRecycle