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Environmental Waste Management

Course CodeBEN202
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

A great course for anyone working in waste management, or the broader field of environmental management. This course complements many of our other environmental courses, but is equally valuable as a training program for those who wish to develop a broad overview of the nature and scope of waste, and the many ways it can be treated in today's world. Topics covered include:

  • domestic waste
  • street cleaning
  • industrial waste
  • nuclear waste
  • toxic waste
  • the treatment of water
  • water quality
  • recycling - glass, paper, rubber and more

The course is suitable for -

  • anyone interested in environmental waste management
  • environmentalists interested in increasing their knowledge of waste management
  • charities
  • teachers
  • voluntary workers
  • refuse workers
  • charity workers
  • students
  • writers and journalists
 
 

Lesson Structure

There are 6 lessons in this course:

  1. Domestic Waste
    • Definitions
    • The Earth's environment
    • Conservation and Use of Resources
    • Value of Resources: economic, ecological and aesthetic
    • Waste-related Damage
    • Urbanisation: the impact of humans
    • Sewage and its Treatment
    • Characteristics of Sewage
    • Components of Sewage - solids, organic material, industrial waste
    • Decomposition of Sewage
    • The Nitrogen Cycle
    • Classification of Sewage Systems
    • Storm Water Systems and Management
    • Dry Rubbish
    • Nature of Refuse
    • Placement and Protection of bins
    • Trade Waste
    • Refuse Collection Systems
    • Refuse Collection Vehicles
    • Salvage Materials
    • Safe Disposal of Household Chemicals
  2. Street Cleaning & Disposal Of Refuse
    • Types of Street Refuse
    • Methods of street cleaning -gritting, sanding, sweeping, washing, etc
    • Cleaning storm water pits
    • Managing snow
    • Refuse disposal- separation, controlled tipping, combustion, pulversisation, etc
    • Refuse for fertiliser
    • Methods of Refuse Sorting -screening, magnetic, hand sorting
    • Types of incinerators
    • Vacuum systems for refuse collection - garchey system, gandillon
    • Harvesting energy from combustion.
  3. Industrial Waste
    • Types of Industrial Pollution
    • The Greenhouse Effect
    • Ozone depletion
  4. Toxic and Nuclear Waste
    • Nuclear power
    • Nuclear fission
    • Mining nuclear fuel
    • Uranium enrichment
    • Gas Diffusion
    • Gas centrifuge
    • Nuclear waste
    • Transporting nuclear waste
    • Reprocessing
    • Health risks of nuclear waste
  5. Water Quality and Treatment
    • Industrial effluent
    • Pricing control compared with direct control
    • Types of water impurities
    • Scope of purification
    • Managing water for public supply
    • Water treatment methods
    • Purification methods - sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, aeration, screening, etc
    • Recycling sewage water
    • Recycling waste water
    • Reed bed treatment
    • Improving water quality from any source - physical, chemical, biological impurities
    • Water borne diseases
  6. Recycling Waste
    • Scope and nature of recycling
    • Rubbish tips (dumps)
    • Recycling plastics
    • Recycling metals
    • Recycling glass
    • Recycling paper
    • Recycling rubber
    • Actions by individuals (at home or work) - reducing, reusing and recycling waste

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

What You Will Do

  • Explain the nitrogen cycle and how it relates to waste treatment.
  • Determine the economic considerations of different waste disposal systems.
  • Compare industrial waste management with domestic waste management procedures.
  • Determine the principles of "polluter pays" legislation and how it is applied.
  • Describe how a budget is applied to managing a specific waste management enterprise.
  • Discuss issues in nuclear power and nuclear waste technology (including hospital waste).
  • Explain the cyclic nature of the water system and its relationship to environmental waste management.
  • Monitor and recommend improvements to a specified recycling enterprise.

Why Study Environmental Waste Management?

If you're interested in finding out more about environmentally friendly methods of waste management, then this is the course for you.

Weather your concerns are local or global, if you're already working in waste-management areas, are considering a career in the environmental sciences, or are simply striving to reduce your environmental footprint, this course will provide you with the practical knowledge to ask the right questions and make informed decisions on waste management issues.

Enrol now, or contact us to talk to one of our friendly staff about how studying Environmental Waste Management can be part of your career pathway.

 


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John Mason Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
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