Marijuana Waste Management
Legal cannabis cultivation operations must document every stage of plant management, usually called “seed to sale tracking,” which is handled by several software companies at this point. This includes accounting for plants and plant material that is being discarded, which usually includes extra vegetative plants, failed clones, and harvest waste. Collectively, this is referred to as Marijuana Waste Management.
This tracking process also averts employee theft, which is an added bonus. If 100 clones were cut, and 80 were sold, you will have a digital paper trail showing that the other 20 failed and were discarded, and you might even want to have photo evidence of the failed clones saved in your database in order to further deter employee diversion.
In some states, plant waste can be composted, which is an environmentally friendly way to handle it internally, and the composted material can be integrated back into the grow cycle if you are using soil-like mixes that can be amended and reused, such as peat and coco (coir) fiber. (Note- this method would required lab testing in order to ensure the creation of healthy new soil.)
All of the sites I've consulted for so far have been using soil-like mixes. I believe this is because hydroculture systems are too susceptible to sudden failures, and hourly employees are not generally sophisticated enough to keep nutrients, pH, oxygen, and automated watering systems balanced. Soil simplifies things, but it also creates a waste management problem. The definition of the word soil can be debated, but I just refer to planting substances as "soil-like" if it appears and behaves like soil. To me, that means it's capable of holding water for several days, can be amended with nutritive additives, and can support microbial activity, which is a necessary component of organic marijuana cultivation.
Coco or "coir" fiber is the most popular soil-like growing medium these days. It can be used all by itself, or with other soil components like peat, perlite, worm castings, and any other soil ingredient. If it's a clean high quality brand, it will have a balanced pH for cannabis and hold water in just the right density. One other nice advantage of coco fiber is that it doesn't break down very easily, so the mix can be reused a few times before it needs replacement. Since flowering plants generally get leached at the end of their cycle, the fiber is already clean of excess nutrients, and it then only needs the roots removed and to be re-amended (and maybe sterilized) before using it again. Roots can be removed with a screened 30-50 gallon cement mixer, and sterilization can happen with heat or ozonated water.
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