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 and MCERTS accredited laboratory testing, our soil testing services start at £250. For intrusive site investigations, such as Phase 2 Intrusive Site Investigations, Topsoil Testing or general soil contamination testing, the specific cost will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the site and environmental factors, whereas, for soil waste classification & WAC testing, the price will mostly depend on the amount of soil being disposed of.
Our most cost effective soil testing option - Whilst the majority of our projects include site visits and detailed reports, we offer soil testing kits from £250 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.
Soil Testing Cost for Intrusive Site Investigations
Intrusive Site Investigations - 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 background research on its historical use. The report will also display the results of laboratory soil testing, carried out on soil samples taken from the site, in addition to detailed interpretations.Ask a question →
Soil Testing Cost for Waste Disposal
Before starting a construction project soil testing should 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 it doesn't cost more than it needs 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 - 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.
WAC Testing - For soil waste disposal we can also conduct a Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) test, however, please note that a waste classification test must be carried out before a WAC test, as a WAC test alone does not provide the waste disposal company with enough information to determine a suitable disposal method. Hazardous waste will need to pass a hazardous WAC test before it can be accepted to hazardous landfill. It may be possible for non-hazardous waste to be sent to lower cost inert landfill, if certain criteria are met, however, it can be disposed of as non-hazardous if preferred.Ask a question →
Meet Our Soil Testing Consultants
Consultants - Supervised by our Chief Technical Officer, Louis Turner, our fully comprehensive soil testing services, are carried out by highly qualified consultants and combine over 30 years experience with detailed UKAS & MCERTS accredited laboratory testing.
Management - Our wealth of experience in project management, logistics and environmental consulting allows us to provide efficient, friendly and high quality soil testing for our clients. As a company, we believe that helping clients achieve their goals while simultaneously protecting the environment is a true "win-win" situation.
Partners - Our experienced, professional and qualified consulting partners further extend the range of environmental and soil testing services we are able to provide. Our partners include a UKAS accredited laboratory that ensures all our soil contamination and quality testing meets the relevant standards.
Contact Us - Our soil testing process can involve a range of services but our general procedure remains the same for each. Contact us and let us know your requirements, alternatively, if your requirements are more complex, or you're looking for more information about how much soil testing costs or our company, a more formal consultation may be necessary. Following initial consultation we can provide an outline proposal detailing how we can help and the costs involved. Soil samples will be collected for testing in our UKAS and MCERTS accredited laboratory. Once samples are tested we will produce a clear, easily understandable report, including soil test data and certificates.