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First Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


- Knowledge and understanding. Knowledge and understanding aimed at defining the chemical-physical characteristics of solid waste, technically addressing the sustainable management, including minimization of production, valorization and treatment. Understanding and minimizing the impacts associated with solid waste management. Knowledge and skills may be deepened also in a research context.
- Applying knowledge and understanding. Ability to analyze a problem of solid waste management, to understand the related technical, economic and social issues, to choose, design and manage the related technical solutions.
- Making judgements. Ability to collect, integrate and process data relating to solid waste production/management and to develop technical solutions independently. Developing awareness of the effects of the chosen technical solution.
- Communication skills. Ability to describe to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors the solid waste scenario and the rationale behind the technical solutions deemed necessary for the sustainable management.
- Learning skills. Developing learning skills to be used to further deepening the knowledge of aspects related to the sustainable management of solid wastes with a high degree of autonomy.


Knowledge of Basic Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (important), Thermomechanics (useful) and Environmental-Sanitary Engineering (important).


The course focuses on solid waste management, including all the phases from production to final disposal, with emphasis on waste valorization in terms of materials and energy recovery according to the principles of the circular economy. The course deals with topics such as chemical-physical characterization of solid waste, actions aimed at minimizing the production of solid waste, technological aspects related to separate collection and selection of waste fractions, processes and technologies for the recovery of materials and energy, technical and design aspects related to the most common systems for collection, transport, valorization, treatment and final disposal. References to the national and European legislation are made during the course, and technical visits to plants are organized.
In general, the course is organized as follows:
- Characteristics of solid waste, qualitative and quantitative aspects, integrated management systems, waste and circular economy (20 hours)
- Collection and transport (15 hours)
- Treatment and valorization of biodegradable solid waste, including the recovery of bioproducts and renewable bioenergy (15 hours)
- Conventional and non-conventional waste to energy processes (15 hours)
- Inertization (stabilization/solidification) of special waste (10 hours)
- Sanitary landfills (10 hours)
- Management of specific types of waste (e.g. WEEE, etc.) (5 hours)

Teaching Methods

78-80 hours for frontal lessons
10-12 hours for exercises
Teaching will be delivered mainly face to face, integrated and "augmented" with online strategies in order to guarantee its fruition in an innovative and inclusive way.

Verification of learning

The student's examination consists of an oral test in which all the topics covered in the course are proposed. 5 questions of equal weight are proposed to assign the final mark.
The student must demonstrate to be able to use and integrate the acquired knowledge/skills to deal with a problem of solid waste management, to define and design activities and processes deemed necessary, both in a descriptive and computational way.
The logic followed in answering the question, the methodological correctness, the adequacy of the answer in relation to the skills acquired, the property of technical language, all represent elements of evaluation.
The evaluation is given out of thirty, starting from 18/30 awarded when the knowledge/skills are at least sufficient, up to 30/30 with possible cum laude awarded when the knowledge/skills are excellent.


Handouts and the PowerPoint files used during lessons are made available, as well as technical and scientific documents if deemed useful by the teacher or requested by the students for further insights.
Handbook of Solid Waste Management by George Tchobanoglous and Frank Kreith. McGraw-Hill Professiona

More Information

Visit to relevant plants are organized during the course.
The course contributes to the achievement of the following Sustainable Development Goals:
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Goal 10: Reducing inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Goal 13: Climate action
Goal 15: Life on land

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