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Principles of Solid Waste Management

Learn the principles of Solid Waste Management as applied to urban waste, and learn how to identify materials reuse and recovery opportunities.

There is a lot of mystique surrounding the various Alternative Waste Technologies for the recovery of secondary resources and ultimate disposal of residual waste materials. This course aims to provide participants with an understanding of these technical approaches, and the tools necessary to identify which approach may be most appropriate. Case studies will be developed and evaluated and opportunities will be provided for participants to develop practical solutions through workshop sessions.

Issues addressed


  • The Waste Hierarchy – what does it mean and what are the implications
  • Waste definitions and characterisation
  • Waste minimisation and waste prevention
  • Workshop: thinking outside the square for waste prevention
  • Recycling and Resource Recovery
  • Workshop – is recycling worth the effort?


  • Site visits to modern Waste Management facilities
  • Learn how MSW is disposed of in Europe, Japan and parts of the USA.


  • Technology for solid waste management. What are the options?
  • Integrated solid waste management
  • Thermal treatment technologies – combustion, pyrolysis, gasification
  • An emissions evaluation of oncineration plants
  • Case studies
  • Solid waste management and sustainability

What do you get

  • An understanding of what Alternative Waste Technology really means
  • Summary of current technology options
  • Knowledge of what type of technology is appropriate depending on the circumstances
  • Understanding of where Solid Waste Management fits in ESD
  • Site visits
  • Core skills to develop your own waste management strategies
  • Course notes and CD

Who should attend

Engineers and managers from Industry or Local Government who require an appreciation of the methodology of modern waste management, how it is integrated with the recovery and reuse of secondary resources, and how to assess sustainability issues.

This course is not currently scheduled for a future event

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