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Plastic Waste Management


This course will focus on:1. Introduction of Plastic pollution as a global problem today.2. What is Plastic Waste? The Magnitude of the problem on global scale and in Indian context. Plastic in Ocean and impact on sea life and economy.3. What is the nature and complexity of this problem and what could be the best way to manage the plastic waste and how to mitigate the risk from plastic waste.4. Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, Recent Plastic Bans and the use of Extended Producer Responsibilities (EPR) concepts in managing Plastic waste in India.5. Best Practices of Managing Plastic Waste from around the World including use of Plastic waste in road (experience from Indian context and other countries)6. Way forward – how to manage this waste stream applying state of the art technologies

Civil and Chemical Engineering BTech programs, Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science Masters and Doctoral Programs

CORE/ELECTIVE: Electives for Environmental Engineering and Science Masters programs, Elective for BTech – Civil and Chemical

UG/PG: Essentially PG, can be used as UG Senior Electives

PREREQUISITES: Basic Environmental Science, Basic Differential Equations, Basic Chemistryl

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: AECOM, Ramky, Environmental Resource Management (ERM),SENES/ARCADIS. Waste Management related companies, Govt. Agencies

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Professor Brajesh Kr. Dubey has his bachelors degree in Civil Engineering (Hons) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India and PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. He is presently Associate Professor (Integrated Waste Management and Sustainable Engineering) in the Division of Environmental Engineering and Management at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. Dr. Dubey has more than 17 years of research, teaching, training and industrial outreach experience in the areas of Integrated Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, and Sustainable Engineering and Application of Life Cycle Assessment techniques. He also works in the area of Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainable Engineering. He has been teaching courses in the area of Solid Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Management, Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Risk Assessment among other courses for nearly a decade. He has taught at several universities in USA, Canada, New Zealand, China andIndia. He has also conducted training programs in the Integrated Waste Management areas including that for Electronics Waste. Dr. Dubey has authored/co- authored more than 200 publications in his area of expertise and have presented at several national and international conferences. He has worked as Waste Management Expert for UN agencies and World Bank.


Week 1  :  Plastics – What it is? Types, Uses and Global Statistics
Week 2  :   Plastic Waste – Sources, Production, Global and Indian Context
Week 3  : Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 (India) and Global Rules and Regulations
Week 4  :  Plastic Bans including China Sword Policy implication on global plastic waste management
Week 5  :  Impact of Plastics on Marine Life, Effect on Wildlife, Human Health and Environment
Week 6  :  Plastic Waste Management Practices – Use of Plastic waste in roads, issues and challenges
Week 7  :  Possible Alternate Materials to Plastics –Greener Alternatives
Week 8  :  Plastics Resource Recovery and Circular Economy.


Journal articles, Technical Reports will be collated from the web and made available to course participants. 
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 2019(Sunday).  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.