There are definitely new ideas in the works for breaking down and getting rid of nuclear waste, however, not many have been proven to be effective yet.
There is a bacterium called Deinococcus Radiodurans that can survive extremely high levels of gamma radiation and have been modified by U.S. scientists to help break down heavy metals and toxic materials into carbon dioxide and water. This helps eliminate nuclear waste and prevents it from escaping into the environment.
There is also another notion that we may be able to dispose nuclear waste by putting them in volcanoes. However, this method is questionable because volcanoes may not be hot enough to get rid of the waste completely, and may actually cause more harm.
You can read more about the Deinococcus radioduran here:
And the Volcano method here:
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