The legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in recent years has skyrocketed cultivation of the product. The multibillion-dollar industry is growing millions of pounds of marijuana annually and production is only expected to increase in the coming years. The rapid expansion is not without its share of operational and regulatory challenges.
Within the US and Canada, legal marijuana businesses must comply with state or provincial-mandated “seed to sale tracking” for their cultivation operations. This includes accounting for plants, plant materials and harvested waste. Part of these regulations also defines specific waste disposal requirements. The disposal methods often include grinding up marijuana waste and blending it with non-marijuana waste like soil or cardboard.
Strategies for maintaining compliance are something companies like Matrix NV, LLC, a large marijuana cultivator in Southern Nevada, have had to figure out. Matrix NV has been at the forefront of the recreational and medical marijuana boom since its inception in 2014.
“As our operations grew it was difficult to get rid of all of this waste with a woodchipper”
3-SHRED Food Composting Machine helping out with the BIG fight
The statistics surrounding food waste in the United States can only be described as staggering. More than 30 percent of the food produced for human consumption in the United States, valued at $162 billion annually, isn’t eaten. Even institutions like the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank , with the goal of distributing food to those in need, must tackle this challenge of wasted food. The food bank is now using a composting system from FOR Solutions which utilizes a JWC 3-SHRED Grinder as their food composting machine to facilitate the break down of the 2,000 pounds of tough solids food waste processed daily. The result is a reliable system to recycle the waste into nutrient-rich compost used on local San Diego farms. The food bank’s improved environmental footprint and substantial savings on hauling and tipping fees are among several additional benefits.
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The food composting machine is popping up more and more in various shapes and forms with this growing hot topic but JWC has been actively participating since 1973. When quality matter & expertise is required, JWC is there to step in as your food composting machine expert.