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Micron Secures U.S. Design Patent for Waste Treatment Tech

Micron’s commercial organic waste digester unit can process food and cannabis waste on a commercial scale.

Micron Waste Technologies Inc., a developer of waste treatment systems for food and cannabis waste, has been awarded United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) intellectual property protection for its commercial organic waste digester unit.

Micron's Application No. 29/644,928 sought and won recognition for technological features that enable the digester to process food and cannabis waste on a commercial scale. Micron's digester hardware also is protected by an Industrial Design Certificate of Registration from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

The digester is integral to Micron's Organivore food waste processing system and Micron's Cannavore system, the first purpose-built green technology developed for the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

"We are especially proud to have been awarded two U.S. patents within the past six months—one for our innovative biotechnology formula for waste treatment and now a second for our hardware," said Micron Chief Technology Officer Bob Bhushan in a statement. "Our innovations allow Micron to deliver solutions to process waste compliantly from several target sectors—food processing; cannabis cultivation; beer, wine and spirits; and other industries that generate organic waste."

The Organivore and Cannavore industrial-grade processing systems pulverize and render organic waste in combination with Micron's patented blend of microbes and enzymes. As part of Micron's closed loop waste treatment platform, waste from the digester is further treated to derive contaminant-free greywater that can be reused in industrial or agricultural operations. Active pharmaceutical ingredients in cannabis waste are further biologically treated with Micron's formula to denature cannabinoid residues, mitigating potential discharge into the aquatic environment. Discharged water also meets municipal wastewater bylaws for sewage parameters such as biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids and fats/oils/grease.

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