Course DescriptionThis course takes an in-depth look at the current and emerging technologies utilized in the recycling and solid waste management industry. Topics include the design and operation of materials recovery facilities (MRFs), recycling centers, landfills, construction and demolition waste processing facilities, waste-to-energy facilities, and pollution control technology. Environmental controls utilized at various types of solid waste and recycling facilities are presented, as well as conversion technologies and how various European countries have used them to minimize landfill disposal. Instruction also discusses the design and operation of HHW Collection Center facilities, as well as general approach to evaluating the technical and economic feasibility of proposed projects involving an integrated waste management approach. Students learn to develop materials unit process flow processing diagramming and mass balance flow diagrams, as well as the basics of solid waste facility design and blueprint reading. The goal of the course is to enable students to understand how various technologies operate and what their limitations are; how technologies integrate into and impact the overall infrastructure; the technical characteristics of each material in the solid waste stream and how the material is processed and/or transformed by technology; and how to develop an integrated systems approach or solution to a complex wastestream. Students take field trips to local facilities. Course materials also cover health and safety aspects of facility operations.
Department of Engineering & Technology