In-house Laboratory Testing


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 and to support our developmental work.

WRc’s waste characterisation laboratories are UKAS accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for a suite of anaerobic and aerobic tests on untreated and treated solid wastes from waste treatment. We are also BCS-approved for the residual biogas potential (RBP) test, the cornerstone of the Anaerobic Digestion Quality Protocol.

Our in-house testing services include:

  • bulk sample preparation
  • compositional sorting (standard or bespoke categories)
  • biodegradability testing (anaerobic, aerobic, bespoke) e.g.
    • biochemical methane potential (BMP, BMc, BM28)
    • residual biogas potential (RBP)
    • real dynamic respiration index (RDRI) to assess the stability of solid recovered fuel 
    • four day aerobic tests ( DR4, AT4)
  • sequential chemical extraction
  • compliance monitoring (management, reporting & interpretation) e.g. ESA incinerator bottom ash (IBA) protocol (,  Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) ( PAS 100 & PAS 110
  • acid digestible fibre tests for total biomass determination and fibre indentification (e.g. lignin and cellulose)
  • loss on ignition/volatile solids
  • dry matter

WRc's waste doctors 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.

Carolina Cabrera waste co-ordinator  Tel: +44 (0) 1793 865000