Waste Treatment and Recycling Technologies


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General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel Espinha da Silveira


Weekly - 3

Total - 52

Teaching language






Pires, A., Martinho, G., Rodrigues, S., Gomes, M.I. 2019. Sustainable solid waste collection and management, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland

Chang, N.B., Pires, A. 2015. Sustainable Solid Waste Management: A Systems Engineering Approach. IEEE Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

Christensen, T. H. (ed). 2011. Solid Waste Technology & Management, 1 & 2. Wiley, Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.

Module 5

Adisa Azapagic, Alan Emsley, Ian Hamerton 2003. Polymers, The Environment and Sustainable Development. Ian Hamerton (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons, England.

R.J. Crawford Plastics Engineering”, Pergamon Press, 1987.

Applied Plastics Engineering Handbook, Processing, Materials and Applications 2017. Myer Kutz (Ed.), Elsevier, UK.

Teaching method

Lectures focusing on the syllabus.

Many practical exercices to consolidate the theorical knowledge and also Pratical work in laboratory and/or in real facilities (when possible)

Three field trips to a Ecopark and different recycling plants (when possible).

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

Fundamental concepts on Waste Management: waste definition and classification; European Waste Catalogue and EWL; difference between waste, by-product and EoW; the main operations in an Waste Management System; Priorities for WM Strategies- prevention, material and organic recycling, energy recovery and landfill; Waste treatments.

Mechanical treatment: Unit processes including size reduction, separation, transport and compaction; material recovery facilities (MRFs): defining material recovery facilities, types of MRFs, design of MRFs.

Circular Economy Analysis: concepts, definitions, CE and waste hierarchy principle; tools for CE: life cycle assessment, environmental product declaration, environmental labels and CE indicators.

Case study 1- Glass and recycling technologies.

Case study 2- Polymers and recycling technologies.

Case study 3- Metal and recycling technologies.


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