AL2130 Waste Management 7.5 credits

Avfallshantering

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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Environmental Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 19 for single courses students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P3 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    20051

  • Start date

    15/01/2019

  • End date

    15/03/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    1 - 10

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Course responsible

    Monika Olsson <monika.olsson@abe.kth.se>

  • Teacher

    Cecilia Sundberg <cecilia.sundberg@abe.kth.se>

    Elias Sebastian Azzi <eazzi@kth.se>

    Katrin Grünfeld <katring@kth.se>

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

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.

After a passed course the student should be able to:

  • Suggest and describe suitable technical solutions for managing solid waste. The student should also be able to 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 perspective approach.
  • Analyse and describe the potential 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, and make a compilation of this, and analyse it in a written report.
  • Make an oral presentation of an individual work and actively participate in the discussion of other groups work.

Course main content

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.

Disposition

Lectures, Assignments, project work and study visits

Eligibility

At least 150 academic credits (ECTS) in a program of engineering or natural science or previous knowledge corresponding to MJ2620 or MJ2621 or MJ2623 or MJ2626 or MJ2640 or MJ2611 or MJ2627 or MJ2628. Documented profieciency in english B or equivalent.

Literature

“Waste treatment and disposal”, Williams, P.T.

Distributed material during the course.

Examination

  • ANN1 - Study Visit, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • INL1 - Assignment, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Project Work, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Contact

Monika Olsson

Examiner

Monika Olsson <monika.olsson@abe.kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2015.