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How Much Does Soil Testing Cost?

Although our project costs vary based on size of site, project type, reporting requirements and the scope of UKAS accredited laboratory testing, the average project cost for our soil testing services is £600. For intrusive site investigations, such as a Phase 2 Intrusive Site Investigations or Topsoil Testing, the specific price will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the site and environmental factors, whereas, for soil Waste Classification Testing, the price will mostly depend on the amount of soil being disposed of.

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Soil Testing Cost for Intrusive Site Investigations

Intrusive site investigations (from £700) - For intrusive site investigations the soil testing requirements may be more bespoke, when compared to testing for waste disposal, and will be determined by a prior assessment of the potential risks likely to be present at a site but is likely to include many of the same elements as in a Waste Classification test, such as inorganic heavy metal contaminants (e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury etc.) and organic chemicals such as TPHs, found in crude oil, and PAHs, released from burning fossil fuels. As this service is usually more specific and required due to observed risks to a site, an intrusive site investigation will always require some level of Preliminary Risk Assessment to be carried out first in order to appropriately sample the soil.

All of our intrusive site investigations include an in-depth report as standard; these reports detail important information on the proposed project, location of the site as well as some background research on its historical use. The report will also show the results from laboratory soil testing that we will carry out on soil samples taken from the site. Variations of this kind of report are commonly required by waste disposal (muck away) companies and for planning applications or building regulations/ regulatory authorities.

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Soil Testing Cost for Waste Disposal

Before starting a construction project soil testing must be carried out to identify contamination issues or to classify waste for disposal. If soil contamination is not identified before starting construction there can be major repercussions from environmental authorities and even health problems resulting from contact with contaminants during construction. Conducting soil testing can also save you money in the waste disposal process as proper classification will ensure that you don't pay more than you need to when you send soil waste to landfill. Additionally, intentional misidentification of waste to avoid charges is a crime and so ensuring that you correctly classify waste for disposal will cover you against penalties from environmental authorities.

Waste Classification Testing (from £350) - We offer a fully bespoke soil testing service that can include testing of a huge range of contaminants in soils. For the disposal of soil waste, our soil contamination testing service will involve a waste classification test that determines whether soil is hazardous or not by analysing it for inorganic heavy metal contaminants (e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury etc.) and organic chemicals such as TPHs, found in crude oil, and PAHs, released from burning fossil fuels. Heavy metals at high concentrations can be highly damaging to the environment and human health, particularly metals like lead, and organic chemicals remain present in the environment for so long that they will continue to be an issue if they are not identified and taken care of. The pH of the soil is also measured.

WAC Testing (from £400) - For soil waste disposal we can also conduct a WAC test, however, please note that a waste classification test must be done before a WAC test as a WAC test alone does not provide the waste disposal company with enough information to determine the landfill class. Hazardous waste will need to pass a hazardous WAC test before it can be accepted to hazardous landfill and non-hazardous waste may be sent to inert landfill if it passes an inert WAC test but it can be sent to non-hazardous landfill without the need for a WAC test.

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Our Tailored Soil Testing Service

Sample Testing Kits - Whilst the majority of our projects include site visits and detailed reports, we offer soil testing kits for clients that wish to take samples themselves. We can carry out a specific suite of soil testing, provided by the client, or can advise on the most suitable suite of testing, based on the client's project or specific circumstances. Using our soil testing kits reduces the overall cost of soil testing quite substantially, as our consultants don't need to visit site, and whilst this option is not always suitable, it can provide a fast, low cost alternative on smaller and less complex projects. Delivery and collection arrangements and associated costs are included in the total cost of our sample testing kits.

Next Day Site Visit & 3 Day Turnaround - As part of our push to help clients meet tight timescales, we are offering a next day site visit and 3 day turnaround service. Contact us before 12pm and we can visit site for sample collection next day! On top of that, we will fast track the soil test results to provide you with a complete soil contamination investigation in 3 days from sample collection. The availability of this service to be confirmed by email or phone.

What to Do Next

Our soil testing process can involve a range of services but our general procedure remains the same for each.

1. Contact us and let us know your requirements
2. Following initial consultation we can provide an outline proposal detailing how we can help and the costs involved
3. Soil samples will be collected for testing in our UKAS accredited laboratory
4. Once samples are tested we will produce a clear, easily understandable report, including the raw soil test data
5. If you're simply looking for more information about how much soil testing costs or our company then complete the form on our contact page and we will endeavour to respond to your enquiry in a timely manner

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