Solid Waste Management

The aim of this course in Solid Waste Management (SWM) is to enlighten the state of the art technology, organizational and legislative developments and practices and financial burdens and benefits of handling solid wastes.

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For whom?

This SWM short course is especially for junior and mid-career professionals at the management, decision-making and educational level, related to waste handling, urban infrastructure and urban environmental management. In addition, it's also relevant for engineers and planners dealing with promoting, designing, operating or managing solid waste systems, in low-income countries or countries in transition.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 02 July 2018
End: 20 July 2018
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 01 June 2018 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3100

Start: 01 July 2019
End: 19 July 2019
Deadline IHE application: 31 May 2019 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3100

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. suggest options for waste reduction at source so as to reduce quantities of waste generated;
  2. choose from an array of options to turn waste into economic goods;
  3. suggest treatment/disposal methods for waste from which the value has been taken out and to make basic calculations related to the conceptual design thereof;
  4. assess the impact of waste and waste management on other environmental compartments;
  5. roughly assess financial consequences of proposed management aspects in SWM;
  6. conceptually develop a solid waste management scheme for an urban area.

Course content

  1. Introduction to SWM: Waste quantity and quality, generation of waste per capita and region; composition of waste; small scale industry waste; organanic agricultural waste;
  2. Waste Collection and Transport: Collection of mixed waste or of source seperated waste, collection logistics, transfer stations; machine park planning; Sub-contractors;
  3. Treatment/disposal Technologies: dumping, sanitary landfills, mechanical-biological treatment, incineration, anaerobic digestion, composting; recycling of plastics, batteries, e-waste, Green House Gas emission and emision modeling, CDM, energy recovery; 
  4. Financial, Social and Institutional aspects: costs of collection, seperation, management; equipment costs; social costs, stake holders, scavengers, public health issues, policy and legislation.