Waste expertise

Waste analysis & characterisation

Characterisation of the waste to be treated is of primary importance because it allows:

    • Identification of the disposal route,
    • Identification of handling risks, for example in rehabilitation of dismantling operations,
    • The development of a treatment suited to the problem to be resolved.

This requires combining all the information about the waste.
Observations first cover its physical properties (Consistency, colour, odour, dryness…) and are completed by the measurement of quantitative parameters.

Different types of tests can be made:

    • Granulometric analyses,
    • Leaching tests (France, United States, Netherlands) both standardized and under development (for example European test projects),
    • Long term leaching tests (Dynamic leaching tests, ANC tests...),
    • Chemical composition solid (waste, soil) or liquid (waste water, leachate…) materials,
    • Physical and mechanical characterization,
    • Mineralogical analyses,
    • Ecotoxicity tests…

Since 1992, a database on over 2,500 types of different wastes has been set up at the INERTEC laboratory.

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Waste expertise

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Waste analysis & characterisation

Technical resources from laboratory to pilot

Waste stabilisation and solidification

Stabilisation and solidification processes


Storage of hazardous wastes

Stabilisation and solidification units

Waste treatment

Sediments, sludges, muds

Petroleum residues

Steelworks muds

Recycling example for the agricultural business

Industrial site depollution references

Rehabilitation of a disused industrial zone- METALEUROP example

Hydrocarbon lagoon treatment - BREST and LE HAVRE examples

Discharge rehabilitation - FFM and PEM examples