Impact of Cannabis on California’s Waste Diversion Goals?

As reported in Waste Management Magazine, there are an estimated 50,000 – 70,000 California licensed and unlicensed cannabis cultivators, and “a typical, mid-sized manufacturer will produce 250 to 500 pounds of waste a day.” Given how rapidly this agricultural sector is growing, and the classification of cannabis waste as organic (vs. hazardous), there are concerns about the impact of cannabis waste on the state’s ability to accommodate the additional green waste via existing infrastructure and achieve California’s recycling goals.

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