Representative Sampling of a Waste Pile

April 8, 2021

Typically, waste characterization through sample collection and testing is a straightforward process when analyzing samples of waste in containers (such as 55-gallon drums), but when the waste stream consists of a large bulk management unit (e.g. waste pile, lagoon, etc.), traditional waste sampling techniques may not provide an accurate waste characterization.  According to EPA, these techniques will fall short of the requirement to collect “representative samples” for an accurate hazardous waste determination.

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