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Cost Effectively and Efficiently On-site Handle Medical Marijuana Waste

Bokashi Fermenting solves the MMJ Dispensary and Grower Waste Disposal Problem

Many states have approved medical marijuana. They are putting in place stringent regulations on how growers and dispensaries must comply with the law.

Medical marijuana waste must be properly handled.

Disposing of waste can be expensive. Dispensaries are not allowed to place waste materials in the trash containers available to the public for obvious reasons.

The authorities want to be certain that the waste materials are not left unattended or available to the public in dumpsters or containers that could be opened off site.

The growers and dispensaries are struggling to cost efficiently solve the waste disposal problem.

Waste produced at a dispensary or by a grower must be rendered unusable before it leaves the facility and then it must be transported to a properly licensed facility for composting but there are few approved available sites for composting and every step in this process is expensive and time consuming.

A chain of custody must be established for the transporting of waste from its on-site location to the approved composting site. Security must be in place. Properly approved and licensed transport services are required.

Accurate account records are required to establish that the mass of material leaving the facility is identical to the mass of material accepted at the composting site.

All of these measures add significantly to the cost and make handling the waste by either a dispensary or grower less efficient, especially if off-site waste disposal is implemented.

Waste has value. It can be recycled on-site.

Destroy MMJ Waste On-site and Eliminate Transport Problems and Expenses

There is a better way to handle the waste. Composting the waste in a bokashi fermenting system on-site solves the problem for dispensaries and growers.

This process can accommodate any size operation. Waste is degraded and rendered useless in as little as 10 days in specially designed fermenters. The bio pulp produced can be recycled in soil maintained on the premises.

A smaller dispensary may have a few pounds to several hundred pounds of waste per month. Waste is placed in the fermenter with the culture mix and allowed to be degraded to a bio pulp.

The bio pulp is then mixed with soil on the premises. The enriched soil is used to support ornamental plants and eliminates the need to use fertilizers and other nutrients.

Dispensary MMJ Waste Processing Cyclettes

Dispensary MMJ Waste Processing Cyclettes

Process all waste on site.  Simplify waste disposal and eliminate the expense of off-site disposal. 

A standard residential food waste fermenting system will handle 40 pounds of waste per week.  A single 55 gallon HDPE commercial fermenter handles 450 pounds per week.  A single 2 ton capacity industrial grade fermenter can handle 2 tons of waste per week. 

At the end of each cycle in processing waste the bio pulp obtained is mixed with soil to support plants eliminating the need to purchase expensive fertilizers. 

Waste is no longer a problem.  It is a valuable resource cycled back to soil.  Biologic soils are supported simply and easily by recycling waste to the soil.

HDPE 55 gallon fermenters with band clamp and cassette seals 
will handle 0.5 to 12 tons of waste per month.

HDPE 55 gallon fermenters with band clamp and cassette seals will handle 0.5 to 12 tons of waste per month

Bokashi Fermenting Advantage:

  • On site rapid disposal of all organic waste
  • Far more efficient than composting – takes only 7 days to ferment
  • Biopulp mixed with soil results in highly enriched soil, improved microbial flora and enriched organic content soil
  • Conserves water
  • Requires no additional machinery or effort to process
  • Eliminates odors and does not attract vermin or pests
  • Fermenting is phytotoxic killing weeds and their seeds
  • May combine all waste in a single operation
  • Eliminates expense of pick-up and transport
  • For MMJ – no chain of custody additional tracking is required because waste is processed on site
  • Eliminates greenhouse gas production in processing waste
  • Bokashi culture mix costs are about $25 per ton of waste processed – least expensive of all waste processing methods
  • Fermenting waste is the most sustainable agricultural method of waste management

Bokashi Composting is Very Easy and Fast

What is Bokashi Fermenting?

HDPE 55 gallon fermenters with band clamp and cassette seals 
will handle 0.5 to 12 tons of waste per month.

Bokashi fermenting is a method of rapidly metabolizing all organic waste with naturally occurring soil microbes.  It is 10 times faster than composting, produces no greenhouse gases, produces no heat, and takes only 7 days.  The “pickled” waste material is then mixed with soil to return all the nutrients and microbes to soil. 

All organic waste will rapidly decompose and noxious odors, putrefaction, and gases are eliminated.  No insects or rodents are attracted to the end product.  It is accomplished in a remarkably small amount of space and requires no turning, mixing, aerating, or additional materials to complete.

When processing MMJ waste, an accelerant is combined with the microbes to increase the speed of processing because the cellulose content of waste is very high.  The liquid accelerant is sprayed onto the waste with each addition of culture mix and the system is then closed to exclude oxygen.

Bokashi fermenting is very scalable.  You can mix weeds, plant debris, food scraps including meat and dairy products, and any other organic material with no concerns about the carbon to nitrogen ratio. 

You simply shred the material and place it in a proper fermenter.  During the shredding operation you add a powder (wheat bran base inoculants) which is dispersed in the shredding step and then leave the material alone for 7 days in a sealed fermenter. 

The fermenting conditions will kill all seeds and pathogens including E. coli and Salmonella.  No methane is produced because the pH shifts to a mildly acidic profile as material is metabolized.  Methanogens, the organisms that produce methane can't survive under these conditions.

For more information, on bokashi fermenting visit our website or call us at 800.714.2130.

Equipment Requirements for On-Site MMJ Waste Cycling (Disposal):

Operators will be provided with a package and instructions on processing waste fitting their specific needs.  We will also provide on-site supervision and instructions for those who need assistance in getting started.  Shredding units can easily handle tons per hour.

A dedicated area for processing should be established.  A shredding unit will be put into position so that all inoculated shredded material ideally falls directly into the fermenter.  The fermenter is then set aside with a sealed lid equipped with a safety pressure release valve cassette.  The minimum number of fermenters is two per site as one fermenter is completing the pickling process while the second is being filled.  This allows the operator to continuously run and process waste without any interruptions. 

Dispensary MMJ Waste Processing CyclettesDispensary MMJ Waste Processing Cyclettes

Shredding Units

Bokashi Culture Mix:

Bokashi culture mix can be supplied in bulk.  It is the only consumable used in the recycling process and it is inexpensive. The general formula for processing is 25 pounds of culture mix per ton of waste processed.

Bokashi culture mix will cost approximately $25 per ton of mmj waste processed.  Waste recycled through soil quickly returns nutrients and microbes to feed new plants and the savings in a grow operation are substantial. 

The bio pulp cycled through soil re-establishes nutrients so efficiently that little additional fertilizing will be required.  Operators should experience vibrant active growth and will note less watering is required due to the increased soil organic content that avidly retains water where it is needed.

Space Requirements:

The area designated for processing is remarkably small.  Fermenters have a small foot print as does the shredder.  We recommend processing on a cement floor. 

After the fermenters have reached the end point at 7 – 10 days, growers will then need to mix that bio-pulp with soil.  This is normally done by applying it to the surface at a rate up to 10 pounds per square foot and tilling it so that it is mixed with soil and covered with a few inches of soil.  The soil can then be used for planting after 14 days.

Getting Started with a Quote:

Bokashicycle will provide to the grower a recommended set up for processing all waste based on the information provided. 

The quote will include the cost of equipment, number of fermenters, and amount of culture mix needed to process all waste efficiently.

Call us for a quote at 800.714.2130 or email us here.