Online Course on Solid Waste Management

IHE Delft Solid Waste Management

Target Audience

Junior and mid-career professionals at the management, decision-making and educational level, related to waste handling, urban infrastructure and urban environmental management and engineers and planners dealing with promoting, designing, operating or managing solid waste systems, in low-income countries or countries in transition.

Course participants are typically employed by government departments, private companies, NGOs, universities, research institutions, aid agencies or international bodies such as WHO, UNICEF or UNDP.


The aim of this course is to enlighten the state of the art in technology, organizational and legislative developments and practices and financial burdens and benefits of handling solid wastes.

Course content

– Introduction to Solid Waste Management: waste quantity and quality, generation of waste per capita and region; composition of waste; small-scale industry waste, organic agricultural waste (some specific cases as examples);
– Waste Collection & Transport: collection of mixed waste or of source separated waste, collection logistics, transfer stations; machine park planning; Sub-contractors;
– Treatment/disposal Technologies: dumping, sanitary landfills, mechanical-biological treatment, incineration, anaerobic digestion, composting; recycling of plastics, batteries, e-waste, Green House Gas emission and emission modeling, CDM, energy recovery;
– Financial, Social and Institutional aspects: costs of collection, separation, management; equipment costs; social costs, stakeholders, scavengers, public health issues, policy and legislation.

Learning Objectives