Other materials

The MRWS programme also takes into consideration some radioactive materials that are not classified as wastes in the UK. These materials include uranium, plutonium and some spent nuclear fuel associated with civil nuclear activities. They have potential value: uranium and plutonium can be used to make nuclear fuel, and spent nuclear fuel can be reprocessed to recover uranium and plutonium for reuse. However, if it was decided at some point in the future, on the basis of economics or environmental and safety issues, that these materials had no further use, they may need to be managed as wastes. Radioactive materials that are not deemed to be waste are not reported in the UK Radioactive Waste Inventory, but summary information is provided in a separate document that is published with the Inventory.

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