Compost Testing
 A & L  Canada  Laboratories Inc.
Agricultural Testings
Helpful Links and Information: · Compost Quality Analysis (PDF)            Introduction to Compost Quality 2012 (PDF) · Compost Handbook (PDF)                       OWMA Compost Seminar 2012(PDF) · Sodium Issues on Compost (PDF) The Compost Quality Alliance (CQA) is a voluntary program established by the Composting Council of Canada and the compost producers utilizing standardized testing methodologies and uniform operating protocols to improve customer confidence in compost selection and utilization.  Visit the Composting Council's Web site for more information THE SOLVITA DIGITAL COLOR READER (DCR) AVAILABLE NOW Compost Analysis Basic Monitoring Analysis Plus Description of Test: Total Phosphorus, Total Potassium, Total Nitrogen, pH, Organic Matter, C:N ratio, Sodium, Moisture, Ash, Total Organic Carbon, Bulk Density Envrionmental Trace Elements Description of Test: Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Selenium, Zinc Compost Quality Parameters Description of Test: Total Organic Matter, pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sulphur, Boron, Copper, Manganese, Iron, Zinc, Sodium, Aluminum, Soluble Salts, Moisture, SAR, C:N ratio, Organic Carbon, Ash. Soil Suitability (S8C) Description of Test: Available Organic Matter, pH, Lime Index, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, Aluminum, NO3-N, Soluble Salts, Moisture, C:N ratio Other Environmental Tests Description of Test: C:N Ratio: PCB's: Repirometry (CO2 Evolution or Dewar Self-heating test) : Total Carbon: Carbon: Nitrogen Ratio: Moisture: Bulk Density: Germination Maturity Test (Water Cress and Radish): Nitrate Nitrogen: Organic Matter Content: Total Inert Materials (% Glass, % Plastic, % Metal): Particle Size 50mm(2 in), 25mm(1 in), 15mm(5/8 in), 9.5mm(3/8 in), 4mm(1/8 in): S8 Description of Test: Organic Matter, pH, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium (using Mehlich III extraction) S8A Description of Test: S8 plus Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Boron, Sulphur S8B Description of Test: S8A plus Conductivity and Nitrate-N S8C Description of Test: Compost Analysis - pH, Lime Index, available Organic Matter, P, K, Mg, Ca, S, B, Cu, zn, Fe, Na, NO3-N, Sol Salts, Moisture, C:N Ratio S9 Description of Test: pH, Phsophorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium (saturated paste extraction) S9A Description of Test: S9A plus Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Boron, Sulphur S9B Description of Test: S9A plus Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Boron, Sulphur Bioassay Bioassay Description of Test: Screens for the presence of phytotoxins in compost based on seedling emergence and growth of cucmber in compost/ vermiculite mix. Maturity test by germination (water cress and radish). Total Humates Total Humates CQA Test Packages Basic Test Package Description of Test: Basic Test Package, Total Nitrogen, Total Phosphorus, Total Potassium Full CQA Package Description of Test: Compost Quality Assurance Package (CQA), Environmental Trace Elements' Parameters, Soil Suitability Parameters (S8C), Maturity (CO2 or Dewar), Particle Size, Total Inert Materials (Foreign Matter Content), Microbiological (Fecal, Coliform & Salmonella) Microbiology Microbiology Description of Test: Listeria,  Salmonella, Fecal Coliform Contaminant Analysis Herbicides Description of Test: Herbicides Clopyralid Picloram Chlorinated Pesticides & PCBs Description of Test: Chlorinated Pesticides & PCBs Residues of many chemicals associated with agricultural and industry wastes and sometimes present in compost source material. Volatile Organics (BTEX) Description of Test: Volatile Organics (BTEX) Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes. PAH's Description of Test: PAHs - Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Combustion by-products that are generally carcinogenic found in some municipal and industrial wastes expected to be very low or absent in waste/compost. Submission Form Link and Info: View and/or print the submission form for this test package (PDF file). Or Contact Us    
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