DIA51 Solid Waste Management

Module code: DIA51


ECTS Credit Points:
20

Module Type:
Compulsory


Year:
1st / 2nd

Language: Greek

Module general description:
Residential and other nonhazardous wastes
Legal framework for the management of residential and other nonhazardous solid wastes (RNSW) . Sorces, classification, composition and minimisation of RNSW. Temporary storage and collection. Recycling at the source. Biological treatment of RNSW. Thermal treatment of RNSW. Landfill disposal of solid wastes. Construction and demolition wastes. Metallurgical and mine wastes.

Hazardous wastes
Legal framework and generation of hazardous wastes (HW). Minimisation of HW at the source. Packaging, temporary storage, collection and transport of HW. Treatment and disposal of HW. Management of radioactive wastes. Remediation of soil polluted by HW disposal and landfilling. Prevention of pollution from HW piles. Sampling and characterisation of HW. Technology selection criteria and cost of HW management.

Solid agricultural wastes
Generation of agricultural wastes. Characteristics of agricultural solid wastes. Legislation. On-site management of solid agricultural wastes. Treatment of agricultural solid wastes.

Learning Outcomes: With this Thematic units the students aquire an integrated knowledge of solid waste management issues.
In particular, they become capable to:
- Determine the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of solid wastes generated by municipalities and productive activities such as agriculture and mining
- Follow the relevant legislation, but also the processes that generate it and the current legal trends
- Design the basic characteristics of a solid waste collection system
- Design the basic characteristics of a recycling system
- Design the basic characteristics of a sanitary landfill
- Assess the economic and environmental issues of alternative waste treatment systems (mechanical separation, thermal methods with an amphasis on incineration, biological methods such as composting and anaerobic digestion) and to compare alternative management scenario that are based on these technologies
- Evaluate construction and demolition waste, as well as mining waste management issues
- Evaluate special waste management issues (car tyres, lamps, olis, batteries, etc.)
- Evaluate the characteristics that render a certain waste hazardous (e.g. reactivity, corrosivity, explosivity, toxicity, radiation etc)
- Propose methods for hazardous waste management (e.g. stabilization/solidification)
- Propose methods of contaminated soils remediation
- Propose methods of agricultural and animal breeding waste management
- There is a special emphasis on the prospect of valorization of solid wastes for the production of energy and useful materials

Subjects covered:
1. Household and other nonhazardous wastes
2. Hazardous wastes
3. Solid agricultural wastes

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed
here.

Teaching Method: Distance education with five Contact Sessions held at weekends during the academic year

Evaluation: Completion of five written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available
here.