Cannabis Waste Management

The following Cannabis Waste Management Fact Sheet provides proper management and disposal procedures for cannabis waste at cannabis cultivation facilities, testing facilities, product manufacturing facilities and retail stores.

Too Good to Waste

In 2007, the Government of Alberta approved the Too Good to Waste provincial strategy for waste reduction and management.

The strategy identifies opportunities, outcomes and strategies to help the province move forward with innovative waste management programs. Three main objectives are identified within the strategy:

  1. Albertans take responsibility for resource conservation and waste minimization
  2. Waste management systems are integrated to provide the capacity for processing and/or recovery of materials that would otherwise be disposed of as wastes
  3. Facilities and practices to manage secondary materials and wastes are protective of the environment and human health

Performance Indicators

Alberta Environment and Parks annually collects waste data to track the amount of municipal solid waste going to landfills per capita. This data is published in the department’s annual report which can be found at:

Online Waste Measurement System

The online waste measurement does not replace the annual reporting obligations that are listed in waste management facility approvals. The online waste measurement system will provide a consistent format to allow the information to be consolidated and used for policy development.

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Updated: Oct 16, 2018