Single-Course English 10 ECTS

Solid Waste Technology and Management

Overall Course Objectives

This course provides an overview of the problems related to solid waste and insight into important technologies and management issues. Specific skills are developed regarding waste management planning, source separation, incineration, composting, anaerobic digeston and landfilling. Principles and tools for environmental assessment of waste mangement systems are also provided.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain and use important terms related to waste generation: waste source, waste types, waste fractions, source separation, unit generation rates.
  • Describe methods for characterization of waste.
  • Design and explain systems for waste collection, transport, and transfer of waste.
  • Describe waste treatment technologies, and explain important physical, chemical, and biological processes involved.
  • Describe technologies for recycling of important waste fractions.
  • Describe technologies for landfilling of waste, and explain important physical, chemical, and biological processes involved.
  • Describe amounts and composition of waste in Denmark, and explain how these affect the design of the waste management system.
  • Describe important aspects related to consumption of resources as well as emissions from waste collection, treatment, recycling, and landfilling of waste, and identify potential environmental impacts from the relevant technologies.
  • Identify critical aspects related to environmental assessment of waste management systems
  • Prepare and argue a plan for management of the waste in a specific region

Course Content

Waste generation, amounts and composition; waste collection and separation; reuse and recycling; incineration; biological waste treatment (composting, biogas); landfilling; waste policy and regulation; waste management; environmental assessment of waste management; hazardous waste. Assignment work in groups focusing on planning and evaluation of a waste management system; completed by a report.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures, group assignments and exercises, guest lectures, excursions

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12130
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12

15.000,00 DKK