Integrated Waste Management for a Smart City

By Prof. Brajesh Kumar Dubey   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1042
This course has emphasises on Integrated Solid Waste Management aspects within the broad subject area of Integrated Waste Management for a Smart City.  The issues of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management, Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste and Electronic Waste Management will be covered in this course.  The topics will include: generation rates and waste composition; Integrated waste management issues, collection, recovery, reuse, recycling, energy-from-waste, and landfilling; Biological treatment of the organic waste fraction - direct land application, composting, and anaerobic digestion.  The environmental impact of waste management and its relationship on the big picture sustainable development and smart city development will be discussed.  A major focus of this course will be the role of MSW management within the various initiatives of the Govt. of India including: Swachh Bharat Mission, Smart Cities as well as Make in India.  The challenges of waste management for smart cities will also be discussed taking case studies from the first list of 20 smart cities identified in the first phase for this program.  This will be followed by overview of the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste and Electronic Waste (E-Waste) management issues in India in general and for the smart cities in particular.  The new rules with respect of C&D Waste and E-Waste Management will be covered.  The challenges of managing these waste streams effectively will be discussed.

INTENDED AUDIENCE The course will be beneficial for B.Tech/M.Tech/B.Sc/M.Sc/Research Scholars/Faculty members from different institutions. In addition, we will strongly encourage engineers/professionals working in any area related to waste management should consider taking advantage from this unique application orientated course. Regulators (SPCB, CPCB and MOEF professionals) and policy makers will also benefit from this course.
PRE-REQUISITES          Environmental Sciences, Introduction to Environmental  Engineering
INDUSTRY SUPPORT - Larsen and Tourbo, Tata Group of Industries, Ramky Group of Industries, IF&LS Environment
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environment
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Solid Waste Management
Week 2: Municipal Solid Waste Characteristics and Quantities 
Week 3: MSW Rules 2016, Swachh Bharat Mission and Smart Cities Program
Week 4: Municipal Solid Waste Collection, Transportation, Segregation and Processing
Week 5: Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste: Landfill 
Week 6: Biochemical Processes and Composting
Week 7: Energy Recovery from Municipal Solid Waste  
Week 8: Current Issues in Solid Waste Management and Review of MSW Management Status in First List of 20 Smart Cities in the Country
Week 9: Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Management - Overview
Week 10: C&D Waste – Regulation, Beneficial Reuse of C&D Waste Materials
Week 11: Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Management – Issues and Status in India and Globally
Week 12: E-Waste Management Rules 2016 and Management Challenges

Books and references

1) William A Worrell and P. Aarne Veslind  Solid Waste Engineering, 2nd Edition (SI Edition) Cengage Learning, 2012 (ISBN-13: 978-1-4390-6217-3)
2)  George Tchobanoglous, Hilary Theisen and Samuel A Vigil, Integrated Solid Waste management, Tata McGraw Hill
3) Manual on Solid Waste Management, prepared by The Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization(CPHEEO), India
4)  MSW Management Rules 2016, Govt. of India, available online at CPCB website.
5)  Electronic Waste Management Rules 2016, Govt. of India, available online at CPCB website

Instructor bio

Prof. Brajesh Kumar Dubey

IIT Kharagpur
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.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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