Instructor Information

Hedy Alavi

Work Phone: 410-516-6022

Christopher Overcash

Cell Phone: 443-386-0413

Course Information

Course Description

This course covers engineering and scientific concepts and principles applied to the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) to protect human health and the environment and the conservation of limited resources through resource recovery and recycling of waste material. Topics include regulatory aspects and hierarchy of integrated solid waste management; characterization and properties of MSW; municipal wastewater sludge utilization; hazardous waste found in MSW; collection, transfer, and transport of solid waste; separation, processing, combustion, composting, and recycling of waste material; and the landfill method of solid waste disposal, which encompasses guidelines for design, construction, operation, siting, monitoring, remedial actions, and closure of landfills. Permitting and public participation processes, current issues, and innovative approaches are also addressed.

Course Goal

To examine the engineering and scientific principles of municipal solid waste (MSW) management.

Course Objectives

  • Develop insight into the collection, transfer, and transport of municipal solid waste.
  • Explain the design and operation of a municipal solid waste landfill.
  • Examine the design and operation of a resource recovery facility.
  • Summarize the design and operation of a waste-to-energy facility.

When This Course is Typically Offered

This course is offered during the fall semester online.


  • Introduction
  • Regulatory Aspects
  • Sources, Types, Composition, and Properties of Solid Waste
  • Hazardous Wastes Found in Municipal Solid Wastes
  • Transformation of Solid Waste
  • Recycling of Materials Found in Municipal Solid Waste
  • Landfill Method of Solid Waste Disposal
  • Landfill Operation
  • Landfill Closure and Post-closure Care
  • Remedial Actions at Closed, Inactive, or Abandoned Waste Disposal Sites
  • Municipal Wastewater Biosolids
  • Separation and Processing of Solid Waste

Student Assessment Criteria

Midterm 20%
Final Exam 20%
Assignments 15%
Term Paper 10%
Incinerator Project 5%
Landfill Conceptual Design 15%
Field Trips (Extra Credit) 25%
Discussions 15%


Textbook information for this course is available online through the MBS Direct Virtual Bookstore.

Course Notes

There are notes for this course.

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