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School of Engineering
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Course unit
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
IN01123480, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track SOIL, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARIA CRISTINA LAVAGNOLO ICAR/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/03 Environmental and Health Engineering 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 LAVAGNOLO MARIA CRISTINA (Presidente)
RAGA ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
PIVATO ALBERTO (Supplente)
8 2017 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 COSSU RAFFAELLO (Presidente)
RAGA ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
LAVAGNOLO MARIA CRISTINA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic concepts of Environmental Sanitary Engineering, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Microbiology
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to enlighten the state of the art in technology, organizational and legislative developments and practices and financial burdens and benefits of handling solid wastes.
The course provides an understanding of technical issues and the management of solid wastes.
It considers solid waste policy (both domestic and international), and examines appropriate methods of storage, collection, transfer, treatment and disposal appropriate for industrialised and developing
countries.
At the end students will be able
- to understand the principles and techniques of solid waste management, including the legislative, environmental, technical, economic and social drivers
- to define the proper solution for a sustainable SWM in the specific environment
- to design the proper SW collection system
- to calculate the mass, energy and costs balance of the different treatment systems
- to identify and design a SW treatment master plan
Examination methods: The exam consists of two parts:
FIRST PART: 30% of the total exam is a group project carried out during the course on a topic proposed by the teacher. At the end of the course, the groups will present their project through a presentation at the class. Each group is free to choose the IT tool and the technology for the presentation;
SECOND PART: 70% of the total exam is a written exam (2.5 hours) on the topics covered in class. In the written exam, both theoretical questions and exercises will be proposed. Some initial questions are considered mandatory to pass the exam.
Dates of the exam will be decided and shared at the beginning of the course.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation is based on the results of the written exam (for 70%) and the project carried out during the course (for 30%).

The exam will be evaluated by assigning a score to each question.

The group project will be evaluated according to three criteria:
accuracy of the contents, exhibition capacity (effectiveness of communication), graphics used (tables, figures.....).
Course unit contents: Waste management systems and strategies:
the EU hierarchy of waste; the Rs and 3Ss concepts; from triangle to circle; the "Zero Waste" theory
Waste production and quality in the world.
Analysis and characterisation of waste: RI, B21, Heating values, TS, VS, others.
Glance at the current international legislations about waste management.
Resource recovery and disposal of residues
Waste collection and transport: vehicles and transport stations
Separate collection and material recovery: different collection possibilities (door to door, curbside bins, containers, etc), volume of the bins, cost analysis.
Mechanical selection schemes and processes, efficiencies and different possibilities.
Separation of single fractions.
Recycling and recovery processes of material (paper, plastics, glass, etc.).
RDF (refuse derived fluel) production and possibilities.
Bio-stabilization processes for the biodegradable fraction: low and high quality composting process and different technologies.
Energy recovery from waste:
thermal processes (gasification, pyrolisis, incinerator); anaerobic digestion: different energy recovery possibilities and different technologies and plant
schemes.
Management and disposal of residues.
Landfill technologies and design: strategies, materials, barriers.
Processes in landfills: aerobic, semi-aerobic, anaerobic and hybrid landfill.
Leachate collection design.
Leachate treatment and technologies; cost analysis.
Biogas collection design and treatment.
Top cover systems and closure of landfills.
Applications in developing and low income countries.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes frontal teaching, presentations and discussion of case studies, exercises, group activities on assignements.
A group project will be carried on during the course.

The course is based on the active learning methodology, using also on line instruments.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In the moodle platform of the course (available on the ICEA department website) all the material used for the lessons is available, including the power point presentations projected during the lessons.

The following books is strongly suggested:
Solid waste Landfilling: concepts, processes, technologies, R. Cossu & R. Stegmann, Elsevier
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Raffaello Cossu, Rainer Stegmann, Solid waste Landfilling: concepts, processes, technologies. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2019. ISBN: 978-0-12-818336-6
  • Christensen Thomas H., Solid Waste Technology and Management. UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Reflective journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Top Hat (active quiz, quiz)
  • padlet

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