General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Declan Feeney, Steve Tonry, Ann-Marie Duddy
Programme Membership
SG_SENER_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Energy, Sustainability SG_SENVI_J07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_EENVE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours)

This module introduces waste management at both national, regional and organisational level.  It covers waste classification and the concept of the waste management hierarchy and its application in various sectoral areas.  Waste prevention/minimisation, re-use, recovery and diposal options and technologies are addressed and their environmental impacts assessed.  The regulatory framework is also presented. 


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the various waste classification systems in common use.


Explain the waste management hierarchy and describe its importance in achieving maximum resource efficiencies and promoting waste management options that do not adversely affect the environment  


Describe and evaluate the various mechanisms that are used to reduce the quantity and environmental impact of specified waste streams


Discuss the main environmental and socio-economic impacts of current and proposed future national waste management strategies.


Critically evaluate a waste facility site (and unit processes within the site) or a waste licence/permit


Describe the operational and compliance monitoring requirements necessary to safeguard the environment in a selected large scale waste facilities.

Module Assessment Strategies

During the delivery of this module, self-learning is encouraged among students through the use of comprehensive on-line resources including voice-supported presentations, on-line notes, and formative assessments. Regular summative tests are used to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback. This approach enables the student to take timely corrective action, in the event of failure to achieve the required standard, before the results significantly impact on the final grade.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Waste classification

Major waste generating sectors

Characteristics and environmental impacts associated with waste streams generated from specified sectors

Elements of an effective waste management strategy

Roles and statutory responsibilities of various stakeholders in waste management issues (including local authorites, EPA, public sector, private sector, producers and holders of waste and waste hauliers)

Application of the waste management hierarchy/BAT

Introduction to waste prevention techniques (e.g. DfE, quality systems, green procurement, LCA

Introduction to waste management techniques including MBT, composting, anerobic digestion, incineration and landfill

Environmental monitoring associated with specified large scale waste management facilities

Producer responsibility initiatives and their role in reducing waste volumes and the environmental impacts associated with specified waste streams

Waste licence/permit applications 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report (x 2 sittings @ 10% each) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,3,6
2 Written Report (Evaluation of waste site/waste licence) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 7 2,3,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom In-class lectures 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study, preparation of reports 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

 Cheremisinoff, Nicholas P.  (2003) Handbook of solid waste management and waste minimization technologies Butterworth-Heinemann Amsterdam ; Boston

 Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. 2005. Action at Work: A Guide for Large Organisations to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.                                                                   

 Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government , (2006) Best Practice Guidelines on the Preparation of Waste Management Plans for Construction and Demolition Projects

 EPA, 2012 (or most recent), National Waste Database Report.   

 EPA, 2009, National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) Outline Work Plan 2009-2012

 EPA, 2005, The Nature and Extent of Unauthorised Waste Activity in Ireland.

  Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office (no date) Waste Prevention Guide for Industry & Business

 Woodard & Curran, 2011, Industrial Waste Treatment Handbook, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. (e-book)

  Williams, Paul T. (2005) Waste treatment and disposal (2nd ed). Wiley Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ, USA

 Note: Best Practice Guidelines in the areas of resource efficiency and waste management are under continual review.   The student will be directed towards guidance notes from the following Agencies; Environmental Protection Agency, UK Environment Agency, EU IPPC Bureau , Cre and also towards case studies from the National Waste Prevention Programme, Clean Technology Centre and the CGPP and EPPS. 


Other Resources

Access to computer suite for two sets of MCQs

Additional Information