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Selecting the Right Industrial Cannabis Grinder

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Across the country, the cannabis industry has experienced significant growth over the past several years. In fact, by 2028, the industry is projected to reach a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32% as more states pass recreational and medical marijuana laws.

Whether you’re looking to get started in the cannabis industry or want to increase your productivity, choosing the right industrial cannabis grinder can help you meet your grinding and processing needs, maximize capacity, and comply with state-enforced regulations.

Determining Your Grinding & Processing Needs

Before selecting a cannabis grinder, you’ll need to determine your specific grinding and processing needs related to volume and capacity, scalability, energy efficiency, and any budgetary restrictions.

Meeting Regulations

All states with recreational and/or medical marijuana laws will have waste disposal guidelines. The industrial cannabis grinder you select must meet all safety and compliance regulations set forth by the state and municipality in which your business operates—this will protect your company from fines and legal problems related to non-compliance while keeping your workers safe.

List of Cannabis Disposal Regulations by State

*Please note that local regulations may vary from state guidelines—in some cases, a municipality’s cannabis waste regulations and hazardous waste regulations will be the same. Check with your municipality’s waste management department for more information.

Volume Capacity

You’ll also need to consider the amount of cannabis your business regularly processes. Not all grinders can handle the same volume or capacity, so you can easily narrow your options with a better understanding of your volume needs. If you plan on increasing your capacity down the road, be sure that the cannabis grinder you select can scale with your business. This way, you won’t have to buy new equipment when your volume ramps up.

Energy Efficiency

These days, energy efficiency is a primary concern when buying any industrial equipment. Choosing a grinder or shredder that can handle the volume you need without significant energy consumption can improve your cost savings over the life of the equipment while keeping your energy costs under control. This, in turn, can improve your bottom line. When selecting industrial grinders, look for phrases like “low power consumption” or “quiet operation.”


Even a small amount of downtime can have major consequences for a large-scale cannabis operation, so reliability must be a priority when choosing an industrial cannabis shredder. Likewise, ensure that replacement parts for the equipment will be readily available so you can keep production running smoothly.


Lastly, your facility’s fiscal budget will impact the cannabis grinder you choose. Take the time to consider and understand the total cost of ownership for this equipment, including ongoing operating expenses and maintenance costs, alongside the long-term returns (ROI). Evaluating these factors will help you make more efficient and confident decisions.

Comparing JWC Environmental Shredders

JWC Environmental has been manufacturing high-quality industrial grinders since 1973. Our industrial cannabis grinders and shredders are known for their durability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness. Below, we’ll compare some of our most popular industrial grinders for cannabis operations.


Our 7-SHRED-2 heavy-duty shredder is a smart choice when uptime and reliability are top priorities. This grinder is our largest and most powerful shredder for industrial applications. It offers the flexibility and customization options your operation needs to reduce waste volume, optimize efficiency, and keep your business compliant with state regulations.


Our 4-SHRED-2 is another powerful industrial shredder that can be used for cannabis shredding and grinding applications. This dual-shafted, high-torque shredder can handle even the toughest debris and features automated monitoring and controls to reduce downtime and improve production efficiency. Meanwhile, with a range of motors and cutter sizes, you can configure this industrial grinder to meet your company’s unique needs.


The 3-SHRED and 3-SHRED-2 waste grinders are a practical and cost-effective solution for processing and handling lower volumes of cannabis waste. With motors ranging from five to 10 horsepower and the ability to handle both dry and wet waste, this industrial grinder is a popular choice among many growing operations. Plus, this grinder can be configured to meet your facility’s specific needs.

Avoid System Strain With a JWC Industrial Shredder

JWC Environmental is an industry-leading industrial grinder and shredder manufacturer that has served businesses worldwide. We offer a wide range of customizable solutions to help you maintain state and local waste disposal regulations. Please contact us today to learn more about our industrial grinders or to request a product quote.

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