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The recycling of contaminated material could be a major means of reducing the quantities of low level waste (LLW) produced by the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. The European Commission has sponsored research and development on the reuse and recycling of low level solid waste materials originating from the decommissioning of nuclear installations. An overview is given of projects carried out on the reuse and recycling of various materials originating from refurbishing or dismantling (steel, copper, aluminium and concrete). Particular progress was made for the recycling of LLW steel, using the metal technique not only for volume reduction but also for the production of specific items for the nuclear industry. Cost comparisons with disposal as radioactive waste are given.

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Authors: PFLUGARD K, CEC Bruxelles (BE);MENON S, OECD/NEA Co-operative Programme on Decommissioning, Nyköping (SE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Proceedings of WM '96 - Recycling of material from nuclear installations (1996)
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