Soils Concentration Limits

Ecowaste has established the following concentration limits for Industrial Grade Fill Soils. All limits are expressed as µg/g on a dry weight basis (µg/g = mg/kg or ppm).

For contaminants not listed in the tables below, please refer to the B.C Contaminated Sites Regulation Schedule 4 Column VI or Schedule 10 Column IV.

Last updated December 29, 2016.

Ecowaste Limits – Maximum Concentration µg/g

Metals Ecowaste Standards (CSR IL-)
Antimony 40
Arsenic 20
Barium 2000
Beryllium (pH) 8
Boron ~
Cadmium (pH) 8
Chromium 60
Cobalt 300
Copper (pH) 500
Lead (pH) 1000
Lithium ~
Manganese ~
Mercury 10
Molybdenum 40
Nickel (pH) 500
Selenium 10
Silver 40
Strontium ~
Thallium ~
Tin 300
Uranium ~
Vanadium ~
Zinc (pH) 550

 

Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) Ecowaste Standards (CSR IL-)
EPH C10-C19 (LEPH) 2000
EPH C19-C32 (HEPH) 5000

 

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Ecowaste Standards (CSR IL-)
Acenaphthene ~
Acenaphthylene ~
Anthracene ~
Benz(a)anthracene 10
Benzo(a)pyrene 15
Benzo(g,h,i)perylene ~
Benzo(b)fluoranthene 10
Benzo(k)fluoranthene 10
Chrysene ~
Dibenz(a,h)anthracene 10
Fluoranthene ~
Fluorene ~
Indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene 10
Naphthalene 50
Phenanthrene 50
Pyrene 100

 

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Ecowaste Standards (CSR IL-)
Benzene 8
Ethylbenzene 50
Toluene 30
Styrene ~
Xylenes 50
VPH 200
Chlorobenzene 10
1,2-dichlorobenzene 10
1,3-dichlorobenzene 10
1,4-dichlorobenzene 10
Tetrachloroethylene (PERC) 5
Trichloroethylene (TCE) 0.65

 

Others Ecowaste Standards (CSR IL-)
Chlorinated phenols 10
Nonchlorinated phenols 10
Pentachlorophenol (PCP) (pH) 5
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) 15
Polychlorinated Dioxins (PCDDs) 0.001
Polychlorinated Furans (PCDFs) 0.001
Sodium Chloride 350

Waste Soils
Waste Soils accepted by Ecowaste must not be Special Wastes.  Acceptable waste soil generally has a minimum number (1 – 3) of substances exceeding the Ecowaste Industrial Limit. The average for any substance is normally not more than twice the Ecowaste Industrial Limit, with no single value more than 5 times the Ecowaste Industrial Limit. These are guidelines only as the acceptance of any soil will be established by Ecowaste on site-by-site basis and based on operational capabilities.

Waste soil containing remediable hydrocarbons will not be accepted until the hydrocarbon levels are reduced to below the Ecowaste Industrial Limit.