School of Environmental Sciences

Strategies and Technologies for Waste Treatment

This course is part of the programme:
Master’s study programme Environment (2nd level)

Objectives and competences

The basic goal of the subject is to introduce students to principles for the development of waste management strategies, e.g. with the use of life cycle analysis and practical cases of strategy development. Advanced and more demanding technologies for waste management are introduced giving an indication of developing future trends. Students gain the understanding of current trends and principles of waste management and learn about new technologies in the field.

Prerequisites

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Content (Syllabus outline)

The course covers the following fields:

  • Understanding strategies of waste management
  • Development of waste management strategies and the use of life cycle assessment
  • Advanced waste to energy methods
  • Advanced waste collection methods
  • Specific examples of waste management (e.g. hazardous waste, hospital waste etc.)
  • Waste recycling
  • Waste mining and other trends in development

Intended learning outcomes

Students gain the ability to evaluate real strategic options and technologies of waste management. This prepares them for responsible decission making connected with waste. Based on the knowledge gained they are able to evaluate the type of waste and evaluate the suiatbility of methods for their disposal and treatment. They gain the ability to contribute to the planing of waste management systems.

Readings

  • H. W. Gottinger: Economic Models and Applications of Solid Waste Management, Harwood Academic Publishers, Langhorne, 1991.
  • Nova znanstvena literatura (npr. Waste Management Journal)

Assessment

  • Seminar (20 %) • Written examination (40 %) • Oral examination (40 %)

Lecturer's references

Associate Professor of Environmental Protection at the University of Nova Gorica

1. KRŽAN, Andrej. The new face of plastics : a dangerous nuisance?. V: 9th International Conference on Industrial Tools and Material Processing Technologies [also] ICIT & MPT, Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 9th – 11th 2014. HANČIČ, Aleš (ur.), et al. Conference proceedings. Celje: TECOS, Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre, 2014, str. 63-66. [COBISS.SI-ID 37292037]

2. PALATINUS, Andreja, KRŽAN, Andrej, FORTE, Janez, PETERLIN, Monika. Odpadki v morju in prva ocena prisotnosti mikrodelcev plastike v slovenskem morju. Gospodarjenje z okoljem, ISSN 1855-3427, maj 2012, letn. 21, št. 82, str. 2-8. [COBISS.SI-ID 5853793]

3. KOČEVAR, Gregor, KRŽAN, Andrej, BELIČIČ, Andrej. Predelava kompozitnega odpadka v osnovne plošče. V: VINTAR, Jelka (ur.), BUKOVNIK, Dejan. Inovativni potencial Slovenije! : [katalog prireditve]. Ljubljana: Javna agencija za podjetništvo in tuje investicije, 2008, str. 40. [COBISS.SI-ID 3908890]

4. KRŽAN, Andrej, TREBŠE, Polonca, RODELA, Romina, TORKAR, Gregor, ŠPRAJCAR, Maša, ŠPRAJCAR, Maša (urednik). Priročnik o ravnanju z odpadki. Trst: Consorzio per l’AREA di ricerca scientifica e tecnologica, 2014. 93 str., ilustr. http://www.tessischool.eu/wp-content/uploads/Prirocnik_o_ravnanju_z_odpadki.pdf. [COBISS.SI-ID 3354875]

5. ŠPRAJCAR, Maša, HORVAT, Petra, KRŽAN, Andrej. Biopolimeri in bioplastika : plastika skladna z naravo : informacijsko-izobraževalno gradivo za profesorje in laborante kemije na osnovnih in srednjih šolah. Ljubljana: Kemijski inštitut, 2012. 30 str, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 2781691]

University course code: 2OK011

Year of study: 1

Semester: 2

Course principal:

Lecturer:

ECTS: 8

Workload:

  • Lectures: 45 hours
  • Exercises: 15 hours
  • Individual work: 180 hours

Course type: specialised elective

Languages: english

Learning and teaching methods:
• lectures • seminar • students' individual work