Conventional waste management

​​The great part of waste resulted from the safe maintenance and decommissioning activities of Garigliano nuclear power plant is conventional; this type of waste undergoes radiological checks and, after being proved releasable, it is removed from the site to be recovered and recycled. 

This waste includes, for example, ferrous materials (pipes, valves, components and dismantled electromechanical devices) and concrete which are later sent to other productive cycles, thus minimising the quantity of waste resulted from dismantling operations. 

Conventional waste management involves several actions: storage in a temporary repository, classification according to the European Waste Code (EWC), update and registration according to law and removal from the plant through authorised transport for ordinary operations of recovery or disposal.
Sogin ensures the traceability of materials, from disassembly or demolition to the recovery or disposal facility.
Garigliano Nuclear Power Plant – Destination of materials

As shown in Graph, among the 268 tonnes of materials that will result from the decommissioning of Garigliano plant, about 258 tonnes – mainly made of metals and concrete - will be recovered (96%). 

In the period 2016-2018, for example, the rotor and alternator decommissioning activities in Garigliano plant, resulted in approx. 400 tonnes of material. 96% of this (iron, copper and plastic) was transferred to a licensed recovery centre and then sent to machining centres, such as smelters for iron. 

This is just an example of the sustainable approach, based on the principles of circular economy, that Sogin adopts in managing the waste resulted from decommissioning.​