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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: But Make it Cannabis!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: But Make it Cannabis!

We’ve taken the first step for you in admitting there’s a problem, a waste problem. As medicinal cannabis finally became legal for patients in Maine in 2009, and adult-use (recreational) more recently in 2016, people started to notice a significant and inevitable rise in cannabis waste with nowhere to go legally. Queue, Cannawaste! We love the plant and the remarkable things it’s done for so many (including ourselves) almost as much as we love taking care of our planet. Looking for ways to save the planet daily, we’ve brought eco-friendly to cannabis waste recycling. Let’s break this growing problem down together to identify the solution, break waste patterns, and explore waste management options to keep our one and only Earth sustainable enough for life. Our objective is to give back what we can, whenever we can.

What About Landfills?

Our beautiful state has laws for disposing of cannabis waste, along with most others who legalized the plant for adult or medicinal use. Long before talking about waste, we’ve got to be compliant. Maine requires all cannabis above 0.3% THC to be in the possession of anyone over the age of 21 or a licensed individual. It must be handled and consumed by someone with the same prerequisites. Once processed, all caregivers and cultivators need an avenue to dispose of the remainder of plant materials legally and ethically. Cannabis waste in Maine is deemed “non-useable” at a 50:50 ratio of any allowed waste mixing material (like manure and other food or yard waste) to cannabis byproduct. Then and only then are we permitted to use an organic landfill which comes with problems of its own. Shown by studies of landfill emissions, harmful greenhouse gasses like methane make up about 50%. The mass amount of disruption by greenhouse gasses to our atmosphere has proved detrimental to the planet.

Now’s the Time for Change

As kids, some of us had no quality education, some of us had learning deficits, but none of us have an excuse as to why in 2022 we don’t recognize the devastating effects humans have on the Earth. We could talk all day about the species, climates, and ecosystems that humans have either driven to extinction, flip-flopped upside down, or destroyed in the name of supposed advancement. Air quality: in July of 2021, we globally reached the highest concentration of c02 in history at 416 parts per million. 2020 was also recorded to be 1.76 degrees higher than our entire century average. Like we said, this could go on for days. Instead, we’ve created solutions for cannabis businesses and caregivers like yourself who are interested in preserving as much Earth as possible.

Big Steps for a Smaller Footprint

Cannawaste stays unproblematic. We certainly don’t intend on highlighting a huge issue and not offering our own twist to one solution. In this industry, the amount of waste that is produced can hardly be stored for composting the entirety. We’ve taken “lighting up” a step further by disposing via Biochar. In short, the end result of all trimming and extraction services reach us as biomass and is burned in a controlled environment transforming into an unmatched up-cycled resource for growing. Utilizing Biochar not only encourages the natural flow of materials and “circle of life,” if you will, it truly enhances your crop and yield. Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus rich, Biochar promotes growth better than any chemical stimulant. Again, this is just one solution, but a very viable one. Check out the rest of our site to learn about other ways we protect Maine’s beautiful environment and make the cannabis industry better.