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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Municipal Solid Waste: System Management and Design

Course Information:

Course ID:ENVE 338
Type of course:Required course
Teaching Hours:Th=3, E=1, L=2/2

Instructor: Assistant Professor A. Giannis (Faculty Member - EnvEng)

Tutorial exercises: E. Kastanaki

Laboratory exercises: E. Kastanaki, A. Papadopoulou

Textbooks (Eudoxus):

  • Book [1855]: Δημήτριος Παναγιωτακόπουλος, 2007. Βιώσιμη διαχείριση αστικών στερεών αποβλήτων, Εκδόσεις ΖΥΓΟΣ, Θεσσαλονίκη

Recommended reading:

  • Ευάγγελος Γιδαράκος, 2008. Στερεά Απόβλητα: Διαχείριση και Επεξεργασία. Πανεπιστημιακές Σημειώσεις, Πολυτεχνείο Κρήτης.
  • Ευάγγελος Γιδαράκος, 2010. Σχεδιασμός Σταθμών Μεταφόρτωσης & Χώρων Υγειονομικής Ταφής Απορριμμάτων. Πανεπιστημιακές Σημειώσεις, Πολυτεχνείο Κρήτης.
  • G. Tchobanoglous, H.Theisen, S.Vrgil (1993). Integrated Solid Waste Management, McGraw-Hill, Inc.
  • B. Bilitewski, G. Brunner, K. Marek (2000). Waste Management, Springer Verlag.


  •  Registration required

Course contents:

  • Solid waste classification and characterization
    • Solid waste categories
    • Municipal Solid Waste
    • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
    • MSW composition studies in Greece and abroad
  • Recycling
    • Basic Principles
    • Recycling Performance Assessment
    • Recycling Materials
    • Packaging Waste
  • Mechanical – Biological Treatment
    • Basic principles and brief description of operation
    • Methods for biological treatment of municipal solid waste
    • Composting
    • Types of composting
    • Compost
    • Advantages and disadvantages of composting
    • The process of composting
    • Stages of Composting
    • Influence of Chemical factors
    • Influence of Physical factors
    • Quality requirements
    • Anaerobic digestion
  • Thermal Treatment
    • Introduction
    • Incineration
    • Emissions
    • Pyrolysis
    • Gasification
    • Plasma Technique
    • Mechanisms of formation and behavior of hazardous substances
  • Processes Balance
    • Mass balances
    • Balances pollutants
    • Energy balances
    • Summary
  • Integrated Waste Management Facilities (IWMF)
    • Disposal
    • Landfill
    • Production and composition of leachetes
    • Biogas
    • Restoration period of a landfill
    • Restoration of a landfill
  • Selection criteria of IWMF location
    • Waste Management Strategy
    • Choice of the appropriate location
    • Criteria for choosing location
  • Insulation Systems, Management and Collection of leachetes
    • Leachete Production
    • Slope and collection of leachete/exhaust pipe installation
    • Hydraulic conductivity of the drainage zone
    • Selection and characteristics of the pipe
    • Blocking and filtering
    • Insulation Leaks
  • Biogas Collection and Control Systems
    • Estimate quantity of biogas
    • Passive monitoring of biogas
    • Active monitoring of biogas
    • Concentrates on biogas recovery systems
    •  Biogas Management
  • Design of landfills and Compost cover
    • Design of landfill
    • Compost cover
  • Closing a Landfill: Final Cover and Restoration
  • Sustainable Landfills

Laboratory Exercises:

  • Four lab exercises
    • On-the-spot multiple choice exams: 25% of the Lab grade
    • Team reports: 25% of the Lab grade
  • Final Lab exam:100% of the Lab grade

Assessment and grading method:

  • Lab work,  30% of the grade
  • Final closed-book written exam, 70% of the grade

Last modification: 07-09-2018