In-house Laboratory Services

Specialist sample preparation and testing of feedstock, residues and products.

Dr Paul Eades is our expert in Laboratory Services

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We're up for the challenge

WRc has specialist facilities for preparing large and challenging samples for onward analysis. We have a range of shredders, grinders and disc mills suitable for a wide variety of large volume wastes, fuels, feedstocks, residues and products.

Our technical experts are able to undertake bespoke test set-ups on products and wastes to accommodate non-routine test requirements. These include: 

  • variable time frames,
  • running tests at different seed to substrate ratios to assess microbial inhibition,
  • undertaking sacrificial testing for compound biodegradation studies, to inform environmental fate and behaviour studies.

WRc’s waste characterisation laboratories are UKAS accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for a suite of anaerobic and aerobic tests on untreated and treated solid wastes from waste treatment plants. We are also BCS-approved for the Residual Biogas Potential (RBP) test, the cornerstone of the Anaerobic Digestion Quality Protocol.

Our testing services:

  • Bulk sample preparation
  • Compositional sorting (standard or bespoke categories)
  • Particle size analysis
  • X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) scanning and analysis
  • Loss on ignition/volatile solids
  • Dry matter
  • Sequential chemical extraction to support metal speciation
  • Acid digestible fibre tests for total biomass determination and fibre identification (lignin and cellulose)
  • Biodegradability testing (anaerobic, aerobic, bespoke)
      -  Biochemical Methane Potential (BMP, BMc, BM28)
      -  Residual Biogas Potential (RBP)
      -  Real Dynamic Respiration Index (RDRI)
      -  four day aerobic tests (DR4, AT4)
  • Compliance monitoring (management, reporting & interpretation)
       -  ESA Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) protocol
       -  Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) PAS 100 & PAS 110


Holistic approach to waste management

Unique blend of in-house laboratory testing, approved supplier labs and consultancy expertise to provide bespoke solutions to waste classification and resource recovery challenges.


Meaningful and understandable reporting

We care about ensuring you avoid waste misclassification, optimise compliance and safeguard your reputation - not simply supplying lab results.

Trusted and credible within the industry

Trusted, independent partner of key trade bodies working within the waste and resources industry, providing solutions that have credibility with the regulators.

Experts with proven industry experience

Our people have proven experience supporting waste producers from various industries to improve their processes and achieve their sustainability goals.

Sustainable waste services

  • Feedstock evaluation
  • Residue classification
  • Biodegradability assessments

Our specialists help clients assess the potential for materials to be transformed into a fuel or energy product. Energy-from-Waste (EfW) evaluation is key in meeting sustainability goals.

  • Low carbon footprint construction materials can be made from a wide range of industrial wastes.
  • Test trials for geopolymer-stabilised hazardous wastes that are being developed to produce sustainable construction materials.
  • Product performance assessments to support end of waste applications
  • Data benchmarking for new products or residues

Our labs can provide classification of incinerator bottom ash and other thermal treatment residues. 

WRc has worked with industry to overcome this complex research area to develop a tool-box of chemical characterisation tests to support the classification of potentially hazardous waste. Thermodynamic modelling of the data can then provide the evidence to enable a non-hazardous classification of certain biomass ash streams.

Contact WRc’s waste doctors for support in classifying your thermal treatment residues, from developing sampling plans to providing evidence-based reports to submit to your regulator.

  • Undertake routine aerobic and anaerobic biodegradability testing and tailored treatment trials on feedstock destined for bio-treatment and stabilised outputs. This includes real time dynamic respiration index tests and biogas production potential tests to quantify carbon emissions.
  • In addition to looking at the agricultural benefits during land recovery, our testing support can be used to look at the fuel value of wastes going into further treatment and Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) assessment.

WRc specialist Waste Doctors

Our waste and resource specialists also offer management of complex testing programmes using a basket of approved external laboratories, laboratory treatment trials and bespoke characterisation to help industry recover value from waste.

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Dr Paul Eades

Waste and Resource Consultant

Paul has extensive experience in both industry and academia, specialising in waste and resource management, energy and mass balance modelling, life cycle inventory analyses, environmental impact assessment, the assessment on urban form on waste management systems, and scenario development for future waste growth and composition patterns. For a number of years, he has been actively involved with specialist waste characterisation and classification within the Energy from Wastes sector.