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CEG8105 : Solid Waste Management

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Oliver Heidrich
  • Lecturer: Professor David Graham, Professor Thomas Curtis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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 Composting
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 ActivitiesLecture120:0020:00Lectures PiP (online synchronous teaching if needed)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:152:15Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Computer/software numbers permitting. computer based activity & LCA testing PiP/demo remotely Plan B
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Small group teaching PiP (Online synchronous Plan B)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork22:004:00Field trips to recycling and disposal sites PiP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:4556:45Includes 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.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100N/A
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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