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Cannabis disposal team

Cannabis factories are found all across the West Midlands. Many of them are ordinary homes converted for cannabis cultivation.

Cannabis factories used to be dismantled by officers. Following a dramatic rise in the number of cannabis factories and the health and safety issues involved in their disposal, a dedicated team of police staff now dispose of these factories. This helps police officers remain focused on crime fighting.


The cannabis disposal team consists of 10 members of police staff, including a manager and a forensics expert.

Their role is to attend commercially cultivated cannabis farms found by officers and dismantle them.

This includes:

  • making redundant any equipment used to grow the plants
  • recycling parts where possible
  • removing cannabis plants and chemicals
  • helping to make the building safe.

Cannabis farms are very dangerous places. Often the electricity meter has been bypassed and seriously overloaded electrical circuits run close to water-filled pipes. Plants grown upstairs in a building can cause floorboards to rot, presenting the danger of collapse.

The cannabis disposal team make these dangerous buildings safe. They then before dismantle and destroy the cultivation set-up.

Having a dedicated in-house team to dispose of the cannabis is more cost effective than using a contractor. They have also prevented countless officer injuries.

All cannabis plants are burnt at a 'waste to energy' plant. Every burning is overseen by a uniformed officer to ensure the cannabis never makes its way back out onto the streets.

Where possible the equipment used in the cultivation of cannabis is recycled.

This video tells you more about the team’s work: