Course detail

Waste Treatment and Recycling

FSI-KODAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course is focused on particular methods of municipal and industrial waste disposal and energy or material recovery. In the introductory part the student is acquainted with current legislation of waste management, especially with waste catalogue, waste hierarchy and the Waste directive. In the next section, students learn the up-to-date methods for waste removal and recovery. A large part of the course is devoted to recent developments in the Czech waste management and to experience from countries with advanced waste management.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Acquaintance with the current conditions of Czech and European waste management. Understanding of current legislation and the development of waste management. Acquaintance with processes for different waste groups utilization


Basic knowledge of formation and disposal of wastes. Basic knowledge related to material and energy balancing of processes.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Kiely Gerard: Environmental engineering. McGH, London 1998. ISBN: 0071164243.
Plán Odpadového hospodářství ČR na roky 2015 až 2024 (CS)
C. Ludwig, S. Hellweg, and S. Stucki, Municipal Solid Waste Management: Strategies and Technologies for Sustainable Solutions, Springer, 2002. (EN)
Jurnik A.: Ekologické skládky. ALDA Olomouc 1999.
zákona č. 185/2001 Sb., o odpadech v platném znění
Weiner, Ruth F.: Environmental engineering. Elsvier. 2003. ISBN: 0750672943
Aktuální legislativní normativy ČR a EU v dané oblasti

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

To gain a classified credit the students have to write a semester work (required classification at least "E"). The students have to prove they obtained relevant knowledge at the end of the semester by passing a written test. Semestral work contributes to overall evaluation with share of 50%. The test contributes to overall evaluation with share of 50%.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Lecture: 13 lessons, voluntary


1. Czech environmental legislation, Waste Act.
2. Types of industrial and municipal waste.
3. Types of landfills. Risk factors for solid municipal waste landfills. Isolation of landfills against pollutants leaks.
4. Landfill gas, its composition. Utilization and disposal of landfill gas.
5. Incineration of wastes. Types of incineration equipment.
6. Recultivation of solid municipal waste landfills.
7. Recycling of plastics.
8. Recycling of glass.
9. Recycling of paper.
10. Recycling of textiles.
11. Recycling of metal scraps.
12. Recycling of organic waste.
13. Recycling of sludge from waste water treatment plants.

Seminar: 13 lessons, compulsory


1. Assignment of papers.
2. Plans of waste management.
3. Identification list of hazardous waste.
4. Waste catalogue.
5. Composting, waste coming from green maintenance.
6. Thermal utilization of wastes.
7. Biomass incineration.
8. Waste sorting.
9. Recycling of construction materials.
10. Preventive approach towards environment protection – cleaner production.
11. Excursion – A.S.A., spol. s r.o.
12. Recyclation of metals.
13. Paper presentations.


Students will get acquainted with basic overview of possibilities of solid municipal and industrial wastes treatment along with advantages and disadvantages of individual processes concerning environmental impact. They will also get acquainted with processes in landfills and risk factors of solid waste landfilling and recycling methods of selected components.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The attendance at lectures is recommended. Participation in the seminars is compulsory and is regularly checked. Notes from missed classes have to be completed and handed in for a teacher’s check-up.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Basic terms and definitions
2. Waste management legislation, Waste Catalogue
3. Landfilling
4. Direct energy recovery of waste
5. Other processes for energy recovery of waste
6. Material recovery of waste
7. Parameters and composition of different waste categories
8. Waste separation
9. Influence of component separation on waste parameters
10. Regional, municipal and industrial waste management
11. Waste management logistics
12. Excursion
13. Semester works presentations


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Conditions of course credit fulfillment, Waste legislation
2. Semester work tasks
3. Waste catalogue
4. Practical consequences of waste landfilling
5. Energy recovery processes balance
6. Material recovery processes balance
7. Waste composition
8. Waste separation
9. Influence of component separation on waste parameters
10. Excursion
11. Excursion
12. Excursion
13. Semester works presentations