SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMF721227
Module Leader Jim Baird
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Programme Entry requirement

Summary of Content

The content of this module is designed to provide a background to waste management (e.g. waste category, composition, production, collection and transport and disposal) and how it fits with sustainable development. The elements of waste management hierarchy and the environmental, legislative and operational apsects involved are discussed and critically analysed. Environmental and health issues associated with the range of developing waste management options are examined.


Waste as an environmental issue: Definition and analysis of wastes, the European waste hierarchy, spatial variation of waste streams, collection systems, Recycling of wastes, collection of recyclable materials,material recovery facilities, mechanical biological treatment, bring schemes, kerbside schemes, processing collected materials, markets and end-users. Waste management policy and strategy: policy formation, constraints and influences, size, nature and operational aspects of the waste industry, statutory roles and responsibilities, public perception and influence. Regulatory process: UK legislations, the EU legislative systems, waste management related European Directives, enforcement agencies, licensing, planning and environmental assessment. Treatment and disposal methods: physico-chemical processes, Biological methods including composting, stabilisation and solidification, MBT thermal methods, landfill disposal, site investigation and site selection criteria, quantitative assessment and analysis, operational aspects, gas and leachate management, environmental monitoring.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Describe the integrated nature of wastes management and current methods of disposal (A1, A3, A4);2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of technologies related to collection, treatment and disposal of domestic waste (A4, A5, A9, B2, B3);3. Critically appraise current codes of practice and regulatory framework including European Directives (A5, B2, B4, C4, D6);4. Evaluate methodologies and propose appropriate techniques in relation to waste management hierarchy (A7, B2, B3, C4, D1, D2);5. Critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of incineration of wastes with a particular focus on energy recovery. 6. Assess the costs of waste management.7. Asssess the environmental and health risks associated with waste management options.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and Teaching strategies will be developed and implemented appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. This will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, site visits and laboratory sessions.

Indicative Reading

Integrated solid waste management, Tchobanoglous G, Theisen Hand Vigil S. McGraw Hill Int. Edn (1993) Hazardous waste management, LaGrega M, Buckingham P, and Evans J, McGraw-Hill, Int. Edn., (1994) Williams PT, Waste Treatment and Disposal, Wiley, 2005 Professional Journals, other printed and web-based media including SEPA, DEFRA publications and web sites. Zero Waste Scotland.2008 Strange, K 2002. Overview of Waste Management options:their efficiency and acceptability in issues in Environmental Science and Technology No18. Enviros et al, 2004 Review of environmental and health effects of waste management. DEFRA website. Websites Sustainable Waste Management by Ravindra K Dhir, Moray D Newlands and Thomas D Dyer pub. 2003, Thomas Telford ISBN 072773251X Sustainable Waste Management and Recycling: Changes and Opportunities. Vol.2 - Construction Demolition Waste. Edited by Dr Mukesh Limbachiya and Prof. John Roberts, Kingston University. Pub. 2004, Thomas Telford Ltd. ISBN 9780727732859. 5th ICEG - Environmental Geotechnics: Opportunities, Challenges and Responsibilities for Environmental Geotechnics (set of 2 books) Edited by Prof. H R Thomas Pub. 2006, Thomas Telford, ISBN 9780727734747 Waste Management: A reference handbook Vaughn J, ABC CLIO; 1 ed. Pub 2009 ISBN 1598841505 Waste Management: Market report 2008, Manley James. Key Note Pub. 2008 ISBN 9781847293350 Solid Waste:Assessment, monitoring and remediation. Twardowska Irena; Elsevier 2004; ISBN 9786611070458 Waste strategy for England 2007, DEFRA web site, Waste and recycling (Accessed Nov 09)

Transferrable Skills

Effective communication: written and oral (D1, D5) Effective use of IT (D3) Time management and self motivation (D5) Independent and group working (D4, D6)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 15.00 45% Oral presentation based on the report
Exam (School) 0.00 50.00 45% 24 hours time constrained assignment
Coursework 0.00 35.00 45% Report on a research topic