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Studsvik recycling goes nuclear

The latest waste treatment at the Studsvik metals recycling facility in Workington, Cumbria, has recycled a record 98% of a load of low level radioactive waste.

Consisting of 12 half height ISO shipping containers, the waste consignment would normally have been sent to the Low Level Waste Repository for nuclear waste near Sellafield, but only a tiny proportion has been sent to this facility.

Studsvik metals recycling facility manager Mike McMullen said: This is a huge achievement for the Studsvik MRF in demonstrating our volume reduction capabilities for metallic low level waste. This will aid the nuclear site operators in the application of the waste hierarchy and protecting the capacity of the LLW Repository in line with the National Low Level Waste Strategy.

The major reduction has been achieved by cutting the waste into sections and decontaminating it using purpose designed machinery. The waste pieces were monitored and tested to ensure they met regulatory requirements for exemption. The clean metal was then released to the local scrap metal market.

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