Our Chemical Testing Services

Our team of experienced technicians offers a wide range of environmental chemistry testing services both on-site and at our accredited laboratory.

Our environmental chemistry testing services include:

Given the significant impact of chemistry testing on construction and civil engineering projects, it is vital that the tests themselves deliver the data required to make informed decisions.

At CTS we partner and work closely with our clients to ensure the results they need are issued on time and are fully compliant to required standards.

Experienced Technicians and Engineers  

Situated in the heart of Leicester City Centre our Chemical Laboratory houses state-of-the-art equipment offering UKAS* and MCERTS accredited results.

Our highly experienced and knowledgeable team of Scientists performs high-quality analytical environmental chemistry testing to offer the most accurate results available in the sector.

The National Standards covered by our laboratory include (but are not limited to):

BS 1377

BS 3882 :2015

BS 8601 :2013

BS EN 1744-1 :2009

BS 1881-124 :2015 +A1:2021

BS 4551

TRL Report 447 (Reid et al 2005)

BRE Special Digest 1

Methods of testing for soils for civil engineering purposes

British Standard Topsoil

Specification for Subsoil

Tests for chemical properties of aggregates

Testing methods for analysis of hardened concrete

Methods of test for mortar and screed – chemical analysis

Sulphate Specification – Tests 1, 2 and 4

In addition to the national standards listed, our environmental chemistry soil testing laboratory offers a fully comprehensive service to provide results for WM3 Waste Classification and Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) Testing for landfill disposal routes.

* For a full list of our UKAS-accredited activities, please visit our Accreditations and Industry Standards 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a WAC test take?

Standard tests take

  • 5-Day turn-around-time on a Single-Stage WAC 
  • 7-Day turn-around-time on a 2-Stage WAC 

What is waste acceptance criteria?

The Waste Acceptance Criteria are detailed in Part 3 of the Landfill Regulations 2004 (Statutory Instrument No 1375) as amended by the Landfill Regulations 2005. Wastes may only be accepted at landfill if they meet the criteria for any of the following landfill types:

  • Inert
  • Non-Hazardous
  • Hazardous

The testing includes the analysis of the solid waste for:

  • TOC
  • LOI
  • BTEX
  • PCBs (7 congeners)
  • TPH 
  • PAHs
  • Acid Neutralisation Capacity

Additionally, it includes the analysis of leachates obtained from the BS EN 12457 leach tests. (Either single-stage BS EN 12457–2 or two-stage BS EN 12457–3) for:

  • Metals
  • Anions (Chloride, Fluoride, Sulphate)
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Phenols
  • Dissolved Organic Carbon

Why Choose CTS for Environmental Chemistry Testing Services?

At CTS we are always striving for ways to make our service the best it can be and strive to make it the most convenient and efficient service for our clients. 

Our continuous improvement ethos has allowed us to create a comprehensive environmental chemistry testing service and are able to offer the following to our clients:-

  • Online Portal to access and review reports 24/7
  • Results issued in AGS, HWOL., and other file formats when required.
  • CTS own vehicle collection services (limited to specific areas of the UK)
  • National Coverage utilising external courier partners (APC & UPN)
  • Technical Team on hand to answer any questions relating to environmental chemistry testing results.
  • Out-of-hours support service available on request