How to Destroy Marijuana Waste

   |   By  |  0 Comments

marijuana waste shredder, Chipper shredders, destroy marijuana waste, meet marijuana waste disposal regulations

Destroy Marijuana Waste: Wood Chipper Shredders or Dual-Shafted Shredders?

The biggest question coming to the mind of many growers is how to efficiently and cost-effectively comply with marijuana waste disposal requirements. A Monster Industrial dual shafted marijuana waste shredder is the answer!

The newly created state marijuana waste regulations require the marijuana plant waste, including stems and organic waste from growing and cannabis processing operations, to be rendered unusable by grinding and incorporating it with other ground materials. The resulting mixture must be composed of at least 51 percent non-marijuana waste by volume. Failure to meet these waste disposal requirements can lead to monetary fines of up to $15,000 and potentially the loss of license to grow. To circumvent the mixing process, marijuana plant waste can be combined with other ground materials, such as soil, plastic pots, netting, food waste and cardboard, at the same time to achieve 51 percent non-marijuana waste by volume.

Traditionally, wood chippers or chipper shredders have been used in marijuana waste disposal. The chippers are often noisy, gas-powered and high maintenance, making the disposal process not only loud but tiresome. Furthermore, they do not handle damp or wet waste efficiently, often breaking down.  Alternative grinding methods are proving to be successful in the market, specifically grinders and shredders typically used in wastewater and processing operations, such as the Monster Industrial line of grinders from JWC Environmental. The quiet, Monster Industrial electric high torque shredder has helped marijuana processors meet state regulation requirements with less hassle and noise than a gas-powered chipper shredder.  Whether the marijuana waste is wet or dry, Monster Industrial grinders can get the job down quietly and efficiently!

Read more on Marijuana Plant Waste, download a brochure or watch a video!

Video: Marijuana Destruction

   |   By  |  0 Comments

Cannabis waste regulations

Methods for Meeting Cannabis Laws By State

Fields of cannabis plants are emerging in eight states where the sale and production of the crop are now legal. Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington now regulate marijuana as a legal crop. As marijuana becomes legal across the country, it is demonstrating a great ability to benefit state economies.

Cannabis is expected to be recognized as a top-valued crop in California. Farm data research companies estimate that indoor cannabis production could be nearly 9,000 times more productive than corn production on a dollar scale. While there is tremendous value in the newly legal crop, states are quickly putting regulations in place to ensure the proper handling of marijuana waste. With the legalization of marijuana, and a booming cannabis industry, comes new questions concerning the environmental impact of recreational marijuana growers and processors. With no prior precedent, these eight states are working with marijuana growers and processors to create regulations to manage water quality, water resources and waste management processes associated with marijuana cultivation.

Marijuana growers and processors are seeking efficient, high-quality methods for meeting the new state regulations. Swapping out cumbersome equipment, like wood chippers, for powerful grinders is just one way they can keep their operations productive while meeting waste disposal requirements.

With grinding capabilities both indoors and outdoors, the Monster Industrial shredder easily chews up wet or dry marijuana waste, including large root balls. Powered by quiet, electric motors, it transmits zero gas and exhaust fumes. The shredder runs at a low rpm, which keeps noise levels down. The double row of sharp, steel cutters, combined with the high torque of the grinders, allows processors to mix all manner of tough material with the marijuana waste to ensure it meets the 51 percent non-marijuana waste by volume guidelines. This allows them to skip the mixing step by jointly grinding the marijuana waste and non-marijuana waste. Watch this video to see it in action!!

Learn more about our Solution.