Landfill Waste Acceptance Testing

Landfill waste material

Despite being categorized as, for example, a Class II landfill, each individual landfill operation specifies the waste acceptance criteria (WAC) at their particular site. Requirements vary based on the site but also depend on the type and origin of the waste for disposal. 

Clients should discuss their disposal needs and waste types with the landfill where they intend to dispose of their waste to arrange for a suitable testing protocol.

Contact SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories for questions about testing procedures, pricing and sampling methods.


  • Sample preparation (drying and grinding)
  • Flashpoint
  • pH
  • Total BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes)
  • Leachable BTEX (TCLP)
  • Leachable metals and mercury (TCLP leach for Arsenic, Barium, Boron, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Selenium, Silver, Uranium, Zinc)
  • Paint Filter Test (Free Liquids)


  • Sample preparation (drying and grinding)
  • Flashpoint
  • pH
  • Leachable BTEX (TCLP leach for Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes)
  • Leachable Metals (TCLP leach for Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Boron, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Selenium, Silver, Thallium, Uranium, Vanadium, Zinc, Zirconium)
  • Paint Filter Test (Free Liquids)

Some supplemental tests may be required by the landfill for certain wastes depending on the type and origin of the waste. Consult with the landfill to determine if any additional tests are required.

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Solvent Screen
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Polychlorinated Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Extractable Organic Halogens (EOX)
  • Total Organic Halogens (TOX) in oil or solvent
  • Leachable (TCLP) VOCs
  • Leachable (TCLP) EOX
  • Total Sulfur, Acid Soluble Sulfate, and Sulfide (calculated)
  • Glycols
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Total Cyanide
  • Phenolics

Natually Occurring Radioactive Materials

The Canadian Guidelines for the Management of NORM outlines criteria for the disposal of naturally occurring radioactive material that arises in processes unrelated to the nuclear industry. 

SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories can provide testing to help assess if these waste materials meet the release limits outlined in the guidelines.

Includes: determination by gamma spectroscopy for several NORM parameters, including K40, Pb210, Ra226, Ra228, Th228, Th230, Th234

Includes: determination by gamma spectroscopy for K40, Pb-210, Ra226, Ra228, Th228, Th230; determination by ICPMS for U-238 and Th-232; assessment if the material meets the release limits specified in the guidelines.

For disposal of aqueous or liquid waste containing NORM, the gamma spectroscopy technique is not sufficiently sensitive to assess if a waste meets the disposal criteria for all the radionuclides outlined in the guidelines.