Soil & Sediment - Environmental Services

Our environmental services are growing! We offer a range of soil surveys and assessments including;

Soil Contamination Surveys - Asbestos and Heavy Metals in Soils. Soil Surveys - Soil types and Site selection for the Agricultrual and Horticultural Sectors
Soil Nuitrition Assessments - Mineral Ratio's Erosion and Sediment Control Assessments
Environmental Management Plans - Implementation and Review Environmental Compliance Management Plans
Resource Consent Planning - Soils

Contaminated Soil Surveys - Asbestos

Asbestos in soil is often overlooked yet runoff from asbestos containing roofing and other materials can lead to a significant build up of fibres in the soil surrounding buildings. Contaminated soil surveys are increasingly common for many industrial, commercial and residential property owners. We carry out site assessment, sampling and analysis of soils for the presence of asbestos. We can also advise you on suitable measures for management of asbestos contaminated soils.

If you think your property and surrounding soil is contaminated with Asbestos please give us a call (04 566 3311) or send an email with a brief outline of your situation and we will get back to you right away.

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Complimentary sampling for heavy metals and hydrocarbons is readily included while undertaking asbestos sampling. We can prepare and carry our assessments in accordance with New Zealand Contaminated land management guidelines. These guidelines provide best practice for the sampling and analysis of soils on sites where hazardous substances are present or suspected in soils in New Zealand, and guidance on the principles governing the interpretation of the data obtained. These are readily available from the Ministry for the Environment's web site. 

There is a lot of discussion around soil sampling for asbestos and subsequent analysis methodologies at present. Collecting soil samples should always follow good practice methodologies like The Land Contamination Assessment Guidelines published by the Ministry for the Environmental (MfE). Sampling for asbestos in soils should be carriied out by suitably epxerienced personal, please contact us if you think your soil has been contaminated with asbestos to discuss the procedures.