Waste Management

Radioactive waste is the inevitable end product of decommissioning, and is often the largest proportion of the cost. Planning how to manage the waste therefore needs to be a central element of developing the strategy.

The type of waste can be highly varied - from building rubble and soil to specialist equipment and large items like pressure vessels. Some can be decontaminated and reused or recycled, whilst other wastes may require special treatment before being disposed.

Quintessa’s extensive understanding of radioactive wastes and their key characteristics can help to optimise the waste management element of decommissioning. In particular, we can use our broad experience to identify opportunities for minimising wastes and recycle or reuse materials. Where wastes need to be disposed, we can help to determine the most appropriate disposal route and any waste treatment and packaging requirements.

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