FAQs

What is cannabis by-product?

Cannabis by-product is any form of cannabis product that has either fulfilled its utility by going through a manufacturing process, failed testing, or is no longer desirable for an operator to create a consumable cannabis product. Any ancillary tools for manufacturing (i.e. wax papers, gloves, lab utensils, etc.) that have residue of THC or Cannabinoids is considered cannabis by-product.


What is cannabis waste?

According to California’s State Regulations, cannabis waste is defined as waste that is not hazardous and that contains cannabis that has been made unusable and unrecognizable. Any cannabis byproduct that has not undergone a rendering process of making it unusable and unrecognizable is not cannabis waste, but still considered cannabis product. Only when cannabis byproduct or has been rendered unusable and unrecognizable is it then considered cannabis waste.


Do I need a Waste Management Plan?

Yes, any operator planning to conduct commercial cannabis activities need to have a waste management plan. The waste management plan needs to properly address how cannabis product will be converted into cannabis waste and proper disposal.


Do cultivators, manufacturers, dispensaries, and distributors need a waste management plan?

Yes, any commercial cannabis operator, whether Adult and/or Medicinal Use for cultivation, manufacturers, dispensaries, distributors, testing labs or micro-business, all need to have a waste management plan to obtain a State License to conduct commercial cannabis activities.


How often do I need to dispose of my cannabis byproduct?

It is recommended that any cannabis byproduct set aside to be rendered into cannabis waste be serviced when the containers are filled up. It is best practices that filled containers should be picked up and removed from the site within seven days.


Can I schedule individual pick-ups?

Gaiaca offers very flexible services for clients of all sizes. Gaiaca services can be individual pickups or scheduled daily, weekly, or monthly pickups.


Can I throw my cannabis by-products into the standard trash receptacle?

No, an operator cannot throw cannabis by-products into conventional trash receptacles as this is not compliant with State Regulations. Cannabis byproducts must be managed by a licensed cannabis waste management company or rendered into cannabis waste before being disposed of.


Should ancillary tools for manufacturing (i.e. wax papers, gloves, lab utensils, etc.) that have residue of THC need to be properly managed?

Yes, any ancillary tools that have residues of THC is considered cannabis byproduct. All cannabis byproduct must be handled by a properly licensed cannabis waste management company, or first rendered into cannabis waste.


Does cannabis waste need to be track and traced?

Yes, all cannabis waste needs to be track and traced with the State’s track and trace system and properly documented.


Does cannabis waste need to be treated prior to disposal?

Cannabis waste is any non-hazardous cannabis byproduct that has been made unusable and unrecognizable. If cannabis byproduct has been properly rendered into cannabis waste, then the cannabis waste does not need further treatment prior to disposal.


Can anyone handle and render cannabis byproduct?

No, only a properly licensed cannabis operator can render the cannabis byproduct into cannabis waste.


Can anyone handle cannabis waste?

Yes, only after the cannabis byproduct has been rendered unusable and unrecognizable as cannabis waste, the waste can then be handled by any licensed hauler as the cannabis waste is no longer considered cannabis byproduct.


Will signing up with Gaiaca help me be compliant with cannabis waste per State regulations?

Yes, Gaiaca is a properly licensed cannabis waste management company and can help any operator who already conducts commercial cannabis activities, or plan to obtain a cannabis license, be compliant with all Local and State regulations as it pertains to proper cannabis waste management. This will include providing a waste management plan, tracking and tracing, certification, and cannabis waste management.


What are the benefits of signing up with Gaiaca?

Gaiaca is California’s first properly licensed cannabis waste management company that can conduct and service all cannabis pickup and rendering on behalf of operators. This allows operators focus on what they do best in producing cannabis product, relieving any liability and responsibilities in addressing cannabis waste.