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.
Renmatix – They’re the first company in the world to successfully demonstrate the conversion of woody biomass into sugars using a supercritical water process. After several years of operation, Renmatix has proven its process is reliable and that’s attracting lots of industry attention, including a new partnership and investment from BASF, one of the world’s largest chemistry companies.
One key component to Renmatix’s innovative process is a Monster Industrial dual-shafted shredder from JWC Environmental. The slow-speed, high-torque shredder is used as a delumping system – blocks of compressed wood chips are ground down into smaller particles so the material can be slurried and pumped into the next stage.
“We’re happy with JWC’s flexibility and fast pace in responding to our requests. We’re also excited we found a solution off the shelf that’s already proven in many other applications.” – Mike Simard, Renmatix’s Director of Engineering
JWC is always excited to be a part of new and innovative ways to improve & ease procedures and of course the bonus…. yielding cost savings & increased profits.
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Read how a large food producer reduced their waste costs significantly with the Muffin Monster food waste grinder.
Food Waste Grinder Creates Significant Savings in Disposal Costs and Reduces Manual Labor
HPC Foods, Ltd. in Hawaii was seeing costs in waste handling rise with no end in sight. Being one of the largest food manufacturers and distributors in Hawaii they knew they needed a solid solution fast. After viewing the Muffin Monster waste grinder in action online, Paul Tottori, Vice President of Maintenance and Operations decided to make the call.
The Monster became their savior. A Muffin Monster 30005 dual-shafted grinder became their food waste grinder solution creating significant savings in disposal costs and reducing manual labor.
The installation proved to be the answer HPC Foods was looking for to help with their food waste processing system. “We ended up with a 50% reduction in solids handling, basically cutting barrel usage from 60 per day to about 30,” explains Tottori.