Course Description

The course covers technological and non-technological aspects of solid waste management. Technological aspects include municipal solid waste collection, transfer, recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, energy recovery, incineration, hazardous waste management and waste disposal on land. Non-technological aspects include policy development, legislation, institutional arrangements, financing, stakeholder involvement, and privatization of solid waste management services and operations.


The main objective of this course is to provide students with up-to-date knowledge regarding technological, organisational and legislative developments and practices of handling solid wastes worldwide. The specific objectives are to enable students to:

  • to describe integrated solutions to the challenges posed by solid wastes in urban environment;
  • to design a solid waste management system that is capable of functioning not only in situations where sufficient resources are available but also under the more challenging conditions usually prevailing in (large) cities in low-income countries.
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CIV 7261 Solid waste Management and Recycling DOC PDF PS