Solid & Hazardous Waste Management

(Course Code: 212KEΥ, Course outline)

Semester: 5 Teaching Credits:  3 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:


Prerequisite Courses: Course type: Special background Instructor: Demetris Fr. Lekkas

Upon successful completion of  the course students should have acquired the following:

  • Understand the processes involved in Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Management Systems (MS) and be able to recognize hazardous waste
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative MSW characteristics and ability to calculate pertinent parameters
  • An ability to calculate and/or estimate basic design parameters for collection, transfer, treatment and disposal of MSW
  • A deep understanding of environmental impacts concerning MSWMS and ways to minimize them
  • A thorough overview of pertinent legislation and MSW management authorities
Topics per Week: The course introduces undergraduate students to basic concepts and methodological tools needed for understanding processes involved in solid waste management with particular emphasis on MSW. Weekly lectures and assignments cover the following topics:
Municipal Solid Waste Management Systems: Strategic and tactical decision in  
strategic and tactical waste management decisions. Categories of MSW and hazardous waste.
MSW Generation: Quantitative and qualitative characteristics of MSW. Determination of MSW composition.
Storage, collection and transfer of MSW: Analysis of required equipment, time and personnel. Transfer stations.
MSW treatment processes, recovery of energy and materials: Physical, chemical and biological processes (aerobic and anaerobic).
Final disposal of MSW: Disposal methods. Principles of design, construction and operation of controlled landfills. Biogas and leachate management. Monitoring of operation. Reclamation of finished landfills.
Planning of MSW landfills: Calculation of pertinent parameters. Siting methodology. Environmental impact assessment.
Planning of MSWMS: Upgrading methodology. Relevant legislation and management authorities for both MSW and hazardous waste
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:  –
Grading: Mid-semester examination (50% of the grade) and Written examination at the end of the semeser (50% of the grade)
Notes: Χαλβαδάκης, Κ.Π. (2006), «Διαχείριση Στερεών και Επικίνδυνων Αποβλήτων», Τμήμα Περιβάλλοντος.(152 σελίδες).
Basic Textbook:
  • Παναγιωτακόπουλος Χ. Δημήτριος, (2002), «Βιώσιμη Διαχείριση Αστικών Στερεών Αποβλήτων», Εκδόσεις Ζυγός, Θεσσαλονίκη, ISBN 960-8065-31-3, σελ. 502.
  • Tchobanoglous G., Theisen H., Vigil S. A., (1993), «Integrated Solid Waste Management: Engineering Principles and Management Issues», McGraw-Hill Inc., p. 978, ISBN 0-07-063237-5.

The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.

Internet Links: International Solid Waste Association Environmental Protection Agency