Since I work in nuclear power plants maybe I can shed an alternate perspective on this. Radioactive waste is oftentimes not radiactive at all. Inside a plant you have certain contamination zones...they usually set these up when they open up a pipe to say replace a valve. Now once those barriers go up everything in that c-zone is considered contaminated, even if its not simply because its in a c-zone. Any tools or materials coming out of that zone have to wiped down and are scanned by gieger counter to verify they are clean....a lot of stuff is just thrown away under the assumption of contamination. The amount of actual contaminated material is very small, the amount of contamination on metal objects that cannot be removed by washing is very small indeed, metal is the easiest of all material to clean, though doing so produces more liquid radioactive waste. My point is that this article is incomplete at best, I dont support ANYTHING that ever leaves the plant in a radioactive waste container to ever be recycled, but technically speaking it could be done. Heck, once a tool is taken into a radiation controlled area they are never allowed to leave even if verified as clean.
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