How the waste industry can keep up with an ever-growing cannabis stream


More states are approving marijuana sales, and new waste processing solutions are coming online — but federal regulations still loom large. Rich Thompson breaks down the latest you need to know.


California's confirmation that cannabis waste is a component of the state's organic waste stream has raised concerns about the volume of plant waste expected. State rules signed by former Governor Jerry Brown established targets to cut organic waste destined for landfills by 50% in 2020 and 75% in 2025, requiring large generators to separate the waste for collection and processing. While California recycles roughly 5 million tons of organic waste each year, new infrastructure is needed to accommodate additional material and hit those imminent targets.

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