Advanced course in solid waste management. The overall aim is to give deeper knowledge in the problems and possibilities of waste management from a national and global perspective. Both industrial and municipal solid waste issues will be discussed. The course will employ a holistic view on solutions as well as technical aspects.
Content and learning outcomes
Description of waste; different types of waste, classification of waste, waste flows in society, amounts and composition of waste.
Causes of the waste problem and strategies to minimise these problems; Consumption and waste, waste hierarchy (waste prevention, recirculation etc), product development, problem solving with a system analysis approach.
Legal and economical means of control for waste management (Sweden and EU).
Waste treatment and handling, thermal and biological methods, landfill, handling of hazardous waste.
Intended learning outcomes
This course aims to give a deeper knowledge in the problems and possibilities of waste management from a national and global perspective. The course focuses on municipal solid waste issues and takes a holistic view on waste management solutions, as well as technical aspects
Aim and Objectives
After this course the student should be able to:
- Suggest and describe suitable technical solutions for biological and thermal treatment, and discuss the drawbacks and prerequisites for a chosen solution
- From a given case, connected to a solid waste problem, suggest, motivate and describe a way to tackle the problem from a system analysis approach
- Analyse and describe the potential of solid waste as a secondary raw material, and thereby associated problems and possibilities in a sustainable society
- Use and discuss around a system analytical tool connected to waste management
- Independently search for information connected to solid waste management, make a compilation of this, and analyse it in a written report
- Make an oral presentation of a group work and actively participate in the discussion of other groups work
Preparations before course start
“Waste treatment and disposal”, Williams, P.T.
Distributed material during the course.
Support for students with disabilities
Students at KTH with a permanent disability can get support during studies from Funka:
Please inform the course coordinator if you need compensatory support during the course. Present a certificate from Funka.
Examination and completion
A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- ANN1 - Study Visit, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
- INL1 - Assignment, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- PRO1 - Project Work, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
(Section below is not part of the syllabus)
Study Visit ( ANN1 )
Assignment ( INL1 )
Project Work ( PRO1 )
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
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Language Of Instruction
Spring 2021-1 (Start date 18/01/2021, English)
Spring 2021-2 (Start date 18/01/2021, English)