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Waste solutions

Nuclear Waste Solutions

Combining scientific expertise with more than $1.3 billion in unique operational assets to provide optimal radioactive waste solutions


Providing safe, sustainable, economical waste solutions

ANSTO provides guidance and support for activities associated with the entire waste management cycle; from retrieval to testing; storage, to final disposal and everything in between.

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Inside the dismantling of ANSTO's Moata research reactor

Find out how ANSTO undertook the first-ever dismantling of a nuclear research reactor in Australia.

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Our services

ANSTO services meet regulatory requirements and international best practice standards.

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Decontamination and decommissioning

Historical buildings and sites often have waste remaining from past activities. We help you safely relocate the waste, decontaminate the area and prepare it for safe reuse or demolishing.

DSRS management

We offer safe, secure and sustainable management services for sealed radioactive sources which are no longer in use.

Infrastructure design and construction

If your organisation requires in-house waste management capabilities, you can access ANSTO’s skills and know-how to help you design and construct safe, efficient, waste storage and processing infrastructure.

Processing, treatment and packaging

ANSTO can process your radioactive waste in our facilities. We can reduce the volume and size of solid waste, solidify and stabilise liquid waste and finally package it in suitable transport packages to facilitate safe transport, storage and disposal.   

Recycling of nuclear material

There are many uses for radioactive materials leftover from nuclear applications. We are specialists in the reuse and recycling of surplus chemicals and materials.

Regulatory submissions

Our team has experience in developing regulatory submissions and reports for Commonwealth, State and Territory regulators. We can assist you with your regulatory submissions and engagements on radiation and nuclear safety matters.

Waste characterisation

Testing and analysis of waste to determine its radioactivity, chemical, physical and biological properties in order to determine the applicable regulatory classification and inform management pathways.

  • Information management systems

    Waste inventory

    Information systems

    Keeping your waste holdings information up to date helps maintain licences, manage finances and efficiently plan waste management processes.

    Our team has decades of experience in creating, developing, and maintaining radioactive waste information inventories.


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  • Opal reactor

    Nuclear materials

    Graphite, thorium, and more

    ANSTO supplies nuclear material such as graphite, thorium and other compounds for approved applications.


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  • Transportation and packaging


    Safe for transport

    ANSTO is the Oceania region’s distributor of TRU-Shield® Range of Lead-Lined, Type A, IP-2 & IP-3 certified Transportation / Storage Packages and NuPac®-20 Range of IP-2 (49 CFR §173.411(6) / ISO-1496 Certified) Transportation and Storage Containers.



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Managing radioactive waste is often regarded as the final step in a project; however, planning early helps minimise waste, reduce costs, and ensure all key stakeholders are engaged.

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Our team is available to discuss all aspects of radioactive waste management with you.