Municipal Solid Waste Management

By Prof. Ajay Kalamdhad   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 4919
The problems affiliated with solid waste management (SWM) in today’s sprawling civilized and urbanized society are intricate because of the quantity and varied nature of wastes, the funding restriction for public disposal, interference of technology (energy and raw materials), and complex infrastructure development network in urban cities. As a result, if SWM is to achieve in consummate approach, the fundamentals aspects need to be identified. Thus, there is dire need to group the activities from the generation to the disposal point. The six different functional elements (generation, handing and separations, storage and processing at source, collection, the transformation of wastes, transfer and transport, and final disposal) for the engineering comparison and treatment need to be understood in detail. The understanding of the functional element is important because it helps in evaluating the impacts of projected changes and technological developments. Solid waste management is an essential part of every society, but it is also one of the most neglected one. An in-depth understanding of the subject is required to tackle the current solid waste management crisis effectively. This course attempts to familiarize various steps involved in solid waste management.

PG Level course for Environmental Engineering and UG level for Civil Engineering
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Synergy waste management Pvt Ltd 
 UPL Environmental Engineers Pvt Ltd 
 Green power systems                                                      
 A2Z group                                                      
 Timarpu-Okhla waste management pvt ltd                                                         
 Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited                                                   
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Evolution of Solid Waste Management
Week 2: Sources/Types and Characteristics of Solid Waste
Week 3:  Generation of Solid Waste
Week 4: Waste Handling, Separation, storage, and Processing
Week 5: Collection of Solid Waste
Week 6: Transfer and Transport
Week 7:  Separation and processing of Solid Waste
Week 8: Chemical Transformation (combustion/incineration)
Week 9: Biological Treatment (Composting)
Week 10:Biological Treatment (Anaerobic Digestion)
Week 11: Disposal of Solid Waste
Week 12:ISWM and legistlation

Books and references

• Christensen, H. T., Solid Waste Technology & Management, Wiley, 2010, Volume 1 & 2
• Haug, T. R., The Practical Handbook of COMPOST ENGINEERING, Lewis Publishers, 1993
• Reinhart, R. D. and Townsend, G. T., Landfill Bioreactor Design & Operation, CRC Press, 1997, 1st Edition
• Tchobanoglous, G. and Kreith, F., HANDBOOK OF SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT, McGraw Hill, 2002, 2nd Edition
• Tchobanoglous, G., Theisen and Vigil, Integrated Solid Waste Management: Engineering Principles and Management Issues, McGraw Hill, 1993.

Instructor bio

Prof. Ajay Kalamdhad

IIT Guwahati
Dr Ajay Kalamdhad is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He received his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in the year of 2008 and started working as a Lecturer in Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology from September 2008. He joined Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in June 2009 as an Assistant Professor. His research interests include Solid waste management, Mechanical composting and vermicomposting, Anaerobic digestion, Analysis of solid wastes, Microbiology of composting, Biosorption and Water & Wastewater Treatment. He has published numerous papers in various reputed journals. He is also the head of Waste Management Research Group (WMRG), a group that focuses on the biological treatment of various wastes.

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: 30 October 2022 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 Guwahati .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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