Dealing with waste page 1   
Pie chart of sources of waste
Picture 1. Sources of radioactive waste in the UK.
What is radioactive waste?
Radioactive waste is any radioactive material which we need to dispose of. (Radioactive waste is also known as nuclear waste).
  • In the UK, almost all radioactive waste comes from the nuclear power industry.
  • 2% comes from defence uses (nuclear weapons and nuclear-powered submarines).
  • 1% comes from medical and industrial uses of radioactive substances.
The e-source is split into two units with an on-line debate and an appendix:
  1. Nuclear energy
  2. Radioactive waste
  3. Take part in the debate
  4. Appendix - charts of waste
Nuclear waste volumes chart.
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