General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Waste Management - Selected Issues
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Anna Kozak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position prof. UAM
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2022/2023 (winter)
Duration 30


Lectures, seminars and field excercises on the following subjects:

Waste management ; characteristics of wastes

Methods of waste disposal

waste landfilling, Landfill gas (LFG), leachate

composting of biodegradable waste

Waste incineration plant

Hazardous wastes,

Zero waste lifestyle

Summary – evaluation of the skills.

Module aim (aims)

Acquaintance with the classification of waste and methods of its disposal (waste landfilling, composting of biodegradable waste, waste incineration, waste recycling).

Transfer of knowledge about waste management.

Visualizing the need to recycle waste.

Getting to know the pros and cons of individual waste disposal methods

Developing skills in using literature and electronic sources and based on them, preparing and presenting presentations on a given topic in the field of waste management.

Developing of the skills of communication and cooperation.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


After the course the student should be able to know principles of waste management, waste strategies and  hierarchy of waste management options; being aware of  waste composition, classifications and characteristics; having a knowledge about waste treatment technologies; knows the types of hazardous waste, notices their impact on health and the environment and knows how to dispose of it; understands the need to recycle waste and knows the important aspects of zero-waste practices.



Reading list

  1. Lehmann., S Crocker R : Designing for Zero Waste Consumption, Technologies and the Built Environment _ , Taylor & Francis Group , London, NY, 2012
  2. Zaman A., Ahsan T.,: Zero-Waste Reconsidering Waste Management for the Future, Taylor & Francis Group , Oxon, NY, 2020.
  3. Ekström KM.,: Waste management and sustainable consumption. Reflections on consumer waste, Taylor & Francis Group , London, NY, 2015.
  4. Evans G., : Biowaste and Biological Waste Treatment , Taylor & Francis Group, NY, 2001.


  1. Cyranka M., Jurczyk M., Pająk T., (2016.): Municipal Waste-to-Energy plants in Poland; current projects. , E3S Web of Conferences 10, , e3sconf/20161000070 SEED 00070
  2. Gawor Ł, Saarela J., (2016. ): Waste Management Policies In Finland And Poland; Towards A Recycling Society , SYSTEMY WSPOMAGANIA w INŻYNIERII PRODUKCJI Geochemia i Geologia Środowiska Terenów Uprzemysłowionych , 5(17); 229-236.
  3. Pyssa J. (2017. ): Environmental, technical and technological aspects of hazardous waste management in Poland. , E3S Web of Conferences , 19, 02021, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/20171902021