Radioactive Waste Management مشاركة |

The National Center of Radioactive Waste Management at K.A.CARE is responsible for managing all aspects of radioactive waste in Saudi Arabia, as well as following up with the relevant authorities to identify all sources of radioactive waste and control its transport and storage in order to protect the people and the environment from its threats. Radioactive waste means substances resulting from activities or processes of interventions such as removal of radioactive decontamination, regardless of the physical state; it also may contain radioactive substance or radioactive contaminant, and have radioactive activity or concentrations above the level necessary to lift censorship.

The sources of radioactive waste vary according to the type of manufacturing processes that results such wastes. These sources include the following:

  1. Nuclear power plants.
  2. All phases and stages of the nuclear fuel cycle.
  3. Extraction of nuclear substances, such as uranium and thorium.
  4. Use of radioisotopes in scientific research and in industry, mining and agriculture.
  5. Nuclear medicine including diagnosis and treatment.
  6. Production of radioactive drugs and sources.


Currently, the sources of radioactive waste in Saudi Arabia are limited to the last two sources. After the launch of Saudi National Atomic Energy Project and in compliance with Vision 2030; all these resources are taken into account, and this will be reflected in K.A.CARE's strategies in managing these radioactive waste while following the highest international standards and best practices.