Contest names first aerobic cannabis digester

VANCOUVER – Micron Waste Technologies Inc. a developer of aerobic digester solutions for the treatment of organic food and cannabis waste, announced that “The Cannavore” has won the Company’s Cannabis Waste Digester Naming Contest.

“The Cannavore” was chosen following a crowd-sourced contest which collected 2,379 product name submissions from entrants in Canada and the United States. The winning entry was selected by cannabis industry experts Cam Battley, Chief Corporate Officer for Aurora Cannabis Inc.; Noelle Skodzinski, Editorial Director, Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary magazine and The Cannabis Conference; and James West, Editor and Publisher of the Midas Letter and the Midas Letter Live. Pending confirmation of compliance with contest rules, the prize will go Jack Ponte of Ontario.

“We’d like to thank Mr. Ponte and everyone who entered the Digester Naming Contest,” said Micron president Alfred Wong.

“The creativity of entries made choosing a winner very difficult, but The Cannavore edged out the competition with its combined cleverness, simplicity and originality.”

The Cannavore digester, an industrial-grade cannabis waste processor, pulverizes and renders plant waste in combination with a proprietary blend of microbes and enzymes designed and developed by Micron. Importantly, as part of Micron’s full-system waste treatment platform, effluent from the digester is further treated to derive clean greywater which can be re-used in growing operations.

Alternatively, the treated regulatory-compliant greywater from The Cannavore digester, which meets municipal discharge standards, can be safely discharged. Active Pharmaceutical Compounds (ACBs) in cannabis waste are denatured on-site at cannabis cultivation facilities by a Micron-developed biotechnology process, eliminating risk of public and ecosystem exposure. ACB-free bio-solids from The Cannavore are saleable as livestock fodder.

The Company’s first Cannavore digester was delivered to Aurora’s Mountain facility on June 28, 2018.  The 55,200 square foot cultivation and production facility produces 4,800 kg of premium cannabis each year over multiple production cycles. The Aurora Mountain Cannavore digester was the first of several to be commissioned by Aurora, subject to the technology meeting certain milestones per a collaboration agreement announced in December 2017.

“The Cannavore unit is progressing well through optimization of several distinct capabilities– cannabis waste digestion, wastewater extraction and purification, the denaturing of active pharmaceuticals and the calibration of all sensors and software, including remote operation,” said Micron chief technology officer Dr. Bob Bhushan.

The Cannavore digester employs industry-specific computer software developed by Micron and BC Research Inc. to provide for logic, remote access, data management and equipment control. The software will allow Micron to co-pilot its units through real-time diagnostics and analysis at any location world-wide.

The Cannavore digester and its sister unit, the Organic Food Waste Digester, have been awarded an Industrial Design Certificate of Registration from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Micron sought and won 10-year intellectual property protection for innovative features unique to Micron’s unit, which processes both food waste and cannabis plant waste on a commercial scale. The company’s design patent is also pending in the United States.

Both the Cannavore digester and the Organic Food Waste Digester systems were developed based on R&D from Micron’s environmentally-sound, propriety biomass waste processing platform, which realizes up to 35 per cent in cost efficiencies and emits 58 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional waste management methods.

The comprehensive regulatory-compliant, clean technology systems have been engineered to operate on-site where needed in a contained unit which does not emit sound or smell, while exempting customers from the need to haul, incinerate or landfill waste.