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.
  • 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


We also offer management of complex testing programmes using external laboratories, laboratory treatment trials and bespoke characterisation to help industry recover value from waste.

Dr Robin Shirley Materials, waste & resources consultant Tel: +44(0) 1793 865071