Nuclear Waste

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Nuclear Waste
Nuclear Waste.png
Nuclear Waste is the byproduct of nuclear power plants. You gotta find a way to handle all of this. EXTREMELY RADIOACTIVE
Unlocked at Tier 7 - Nuclear Power
Stack Size 500
Radioactive Very
Blueprint Path


Nuclear Waste is a radioactive byproduct of  Nuclear Power Plants. It is not used in any crafting and while it is currently meant to be stored indefinitely, a future update will provide a use for it.[1] It is one of the few items that cannot be discarded with the trash button in containers or the inventory.

A single Nuclear Power Plant at 100% utilization will produce 25 barrels of Waste every 300 seconds. Note that as power plants seldom run at 100% capacity, the actual production of waste will be slower; other power sources may be used over nuclear further slowing down the production.

As of Patch 0.3, the current maximum production rate of Nuclear Waste is 2362.5/min.

Nuclear Waste cannot be sorted using a Smart Splitter or Programmable Splitter.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Resource acquisition[edit | edit source]

Lizard Doggos can bring single barrels of Nuclear Waste at any game stage, which can be especially dangerous before the required equipment or infrastructure to handle it is available.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Note: The crafting process of this item is only in the Nuclear Power Plant.

Nuclear Waste
1 × Nuclear Fuel Rod.png
Nuclear Fuel Rod
0.2 / min
Nuclear Power Plant
300 sec
25 × Nuclear Waste.png
Nuclear Waste
5 / min
Tier 7 - Nuclear Power

Usage[edit | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Nuclear Waste isn't used to craft anything.

AWESOME Sink[edit | edit source]

 Nuclear Waste cannot be sunk into the AWESOME Sink.png AWESOME Sink and will clog the input.

Dealing with Nuclear Waste[edit | edit source]

Nuclear Waste cannot be fed into an AWESOME Sink, (legitimately) deleted or destroyed; it must be stored indefinitely. The barrels stack to 500, which allows for 12,000 (40 hours @ 100%) to be contained in a Storage Container or 24,000 (80 hours @ 100%) in an Industrial Storage Container. It is advised to make large farms featuring dozens of Storage Containers connected in series to concentrate all waste storage into one area, to minimize the area affected by radiation.

It is advised to build the waste containment in a remote location, as the radiation spread can reach even 400 meters in radius.

Removing Nuclear Waste[edit | edit source]

The only way to delete Nuclear Waste without saving editing is as follows:

  1. Find and tame a Lizard Doggo
  2. Feed it a full stack of Nuclear Waste
  3. Kill it, effectively deleting its inventory contents

Please note that this is likely not intended and may be patched out eventually.

Another way to keep the Waste out of your way is to load it into a vehicle (such as Cyber Wagon or Tractor) and drop it into an abyss by deleting a foundation under it. Note: While this would work, it has been shown that the falling vehicles will fall forever and will have negative effects on the performance of the game, so this is not recommended.
Pop-up which appears when trying to discard Nuclear Waste

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It has been confirmed by Tim (producer in Coffee Stain) on stream that a purpose for Nuclear Waste is coming in a future update.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Patch Fixed typos in the trash message
  • Patch Nuclear Power Plants now produce waste over time instead of all at once after a Fuel Rod is consumed
  • Unknown intermediate patch: It can now be brought by Lizard Doggos
  • Patch 0.1.16: Added some feedback when trying to delete with the trash slot
  • Patch 0.1.14: Made officially available