Waste management

NAME OF THE COURSE Waste management



Year of study


Course teacher

Prof Ladislav Vrsalović

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

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Course objectives

To introduce students to the basic principles of waste management and train them for solving problems in waste management in practice. Students will learn about modern concept of sustainable waste management with measures to avoid waste generation, based on material and energy recovery.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course

Enrolled in or passed the cours Exercises in Waste Management
The condition for taking the exam: Passed the course ”Exercises in Waste Management”

Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

After passing the exam, students will be able to:
1. Define the basic concepts in the area of waste, name the main problems related to waste, their causes and significance of the impact on the environment.
2. Describe procedures for the treatment of solid waste and landfills.
3. Maintain documentation related to waste management.
4. Manage with the regulations for the purpose of proper and timely implementation of the legislation.
5. Understand the hierarchy of waste management in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

Week 1: Waste classification by origin, type, physico-chemical and biological characteristics.
Week 2: Municipal, industrial, metallurgical waste, waste from mining, agricultural waste, medical waste.
Week 3: Hazardous waste. The impacts of waste on the environment.
Week 4: Basic questions concerning removal of solid waste, environmental aspects and legislation in the field of waste management.
Week 5: Sustainable development and waste management. The hierarchy of waste management in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
Week 6: Waste management: prevention and reduction of waste, processing, recycling, energy recovery, final disposal.
Week 7: Measures and procedures to waste reduction.
Week 8: Systems and organization of collection, transportation and treatment of solid waste. I. partial knowledge test.
Week 9: Technologies and waste treatment procedures.
Week 10: The procedures for solid waste disposal: sanitary disposal, composting, thermal processing.
Week 11: Biological, chemical and physical methods of processing of solid waste. New technologies.
Week 12: The collection and evaluation of secondary raw materials, recycling.
Week 13: Disposal methods for solid waste. Disposal on landscaped landfields. Types of landfills. Criteria for selection of landfill site. The construction of the landfill. Treatment of certain types of waste prior to disposal.
Week 14: The impact of landfills on the environment and environmental protection measures. Procedures for landfill remediation.
Week 15: Strategic planning of waste management in Croatia. II. partial knowledge test.

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

Lectures, tests

Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work








Seminar essay






Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

A student can pass a part or the entire exam by taking two partial tests during the semester. Students who do not pass the partial exams have to take an exam in the regular examination term. During the examination terms students take written and oral exam.
Scoring: <55% insufficient; 55-66% sufficient (2); 67-78% good (3); 79-90% very good (4); 91-100% excellent (5)

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

S. Kalambura, T. Krička, D. Kalambura, Gospodarenje otpadom, Veleučilište Velika Gorica, Velika Gorica 2011.


G. Tchobanoglous, F. Kreith, Handbook of Solid Waste Menagement, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2002.


Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

R. Chandrappa, D. B. Das, Solid waste management, Principles and prectice, Springer, UK, 2012.
M. K. Hill, Understanding Environmental Pollution, 2nd edition, Cambridge, University Press, 2004.
F. R. McDougal, P. R. White, M. Frenke, P. Hindle, Integrated solid waste management: a life circle inventory, Blackwell Publishing, UK, 2001.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

Keeping record of students attendance; annual analysis of the exam results; students survey in order to evaluate teachers; self-evaluation of teachers, feedback from students who have already graduated to relevance of curriculum.

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)