POPs are Persistent Organic Pollutants. A POPs test samples waste for Persistent Organic Pollutants. If they are found at concentrations of 50mg/kg or below this is classed at hazardous waste. This test is conducted in line with the Environment Agency’s guidance on assessment of hazardous waste. 


  • Accurate & thorough site testing
  • Quick 3 to 12 day turnaround
  • Expert laboratory analysis
  • Stay compliant with law
  • Classify waste and dispose of it correctly and safely


Soil sampling


How is the POPs test carried out?

An engineer can visit the site to carry out the Soil Sampling or the site contact can carry out the test themselves and then send it to our lab for analysis.


What type of POPs are there?

There are a number of substances which are classed as POPs. Many are commonly found in insecticides. 


  • Pentabromodiphenyl ether
  • Hexabromodiphenyl ether
  • Tetrabromodiphenyl ether
  • Heptabromodiphenyl ether
  • Endosulfan
  • DDT
  • Chlordane
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)
  • Hexachlorocyclohexanes (including lindane)
  • Endrin
  • Dieldrin
  • Heptachlor
  • Pentachlorobenzene
  • Mirex
  • Aldrin
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Hexabromobiphenyl
  • Toxaphene
  • Hexachlorobutadiene
  • Polychlorinated naphthalenes
  • Alkanes C10-C13, chloro (short-chain chlorinated paraffins) or SCCPs
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)


Get in touch

Comply with the Environment Agency’s guidelines and identify POPs. Contact us to arrange a POPs test.



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