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Dounreay recycles clean waste from nuclear clean-up

Dounreay recycles clean waste from nuclear clean-up

 A site which once recycled spent nuclear fuel is now committed to recycling the clean waste produced by its decommissioning programme.

Dounreay is helping to protect the environment through its commitment to recycling its clean waste wherever possible. The site has had a robust recycling programme for the last five years, which earned a bronze award in 2009 from National Recycling Stars.

Facilities management company Johnson Controls manages the recycling programme for Dounreay, assisted by the DSRL waste services unit.

During the last financial year the site recycled more than 113 tonnes of clean metal and over 35 tonnes of paper. Twenty one tonnes of cardboard was also sent for recycling, and Johnson Controls collects glass, plastic and batteries, as well as hard hats and wooden pallets, for eventual recycling or reuse where possible.

Johnson Controls waste manager Vera Mowat commented: “Landfill charges increase every year, so there is a financial incentive to reduce, re-use or recycle, as well as the obvious environmental benefits.

“By taking a proactive stance on recycling, the site saved over £5,000 in landfill charges last year, with the added benefit of generating additional income from the recycled materials.”