CEG8105 : Solid Waste Management

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of technical issues and the management of solid wastes. The course includes solid waste policy, both domestic and international, and then examines appropriate methods of storage, collection, transfer, treatment and disposal appropriate for industrialised and developing countries. The module also provides the opportunity to visit recycling facilities and disposal sites to better understand links between theory and practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

General background (waste, MFA, economics)
Sources, quantities and composition
Legislation, regulation and control
Anaerobic Digestion
Anaerobic Digestion of MSW
Reuse and recycling
Recycling technologies
Waste management behaviour (people)
Industrial solid waste (audits, minimisation)
Waste composition and stabilisation behaviour
Landfill site design and management
Risk assessment of landfills
Pollution from landfills
Leachate fate, attenuation and treatment
Industrial waste strategies
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) strategies
Decision Support Systems (DSS) for MSW
Solid waste issues in emerging and developing countries

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:152:15Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Computer based
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork23:006:00Field trips to recycling and disposal sites
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:4555:45Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are acquired primarily through the lecture classes, however students are expected to add to this by directed reading of technical journal papers, text books and the selective use of web sites. Several computer-based teaching activities and two field trips are included to provide practical context for lecture materials. A report is prepared to assess existing literature and promote critical thinking relative to environmental legislation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Unseen written examination
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written examination is considered to be the most appropriate and efficient method of assessment for all Knowledge and Skills Outcomes covered in this module. However, the students also will be assessed via a 1000 word report performed on an individual basis. The report task will be specifically designed to strengthening skill outcomes through application of approach throughout the course.

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