Conventional waste management


The great part of waste resulted from the decommissioning activities of Latina nuclear 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. 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.

Sogin implements a strategy to minimise the environmental impact of decommissioning activities. This strategy is based on the principles of circular economy, and it aims at minimising radioactive waste, making energy consumption more efficient, recycling the materials resulting from dismantling activities and reusing buildings to avoid the creation of new ones. The dismantling of the 4 nuclear plants will allow recycling more than one million tonnes of materials, equal to 94% of dismantled materials.

Latina Nuclear Power Plant – Destination of materials

As shown in the Graph, about 319,000 tonnes of materials will result from the total dismantling of Latina plant; among these, 297,000 tonnes (93%) – mainly concrete and metals - will be recovered and recycled.

In 2012, for example, the dismantling of the turbine building produced 1,483 tonnes of metallic materials made of iron and aluminium, which were totally sent to recovery facilities.

This is an example of the sustainable approach adopted by Sogin in managing the waste resulting from decommissioning, according to the principles of circular economy.​