Strategies and Technologies for Waste Treatment

This course is part of the programme
Master’s study programme Environment (second cycle)

Objectives and competences

The basic goal of the subject is to introduce students to principles for the development of waste management strategies, e.g. with the use of life cycle analysis and practical cases of strategy development. Advanced and more demanding technologies for waste management are introduced giving an indication of developing future trends. Students gain the understanding of current trends and principles of waste management and learn about new technologies in the field.




The course covers the following fields:

• Understanding strategies of waste management
• Development of waste management strategies and the use of life cycle assessment
• Advanced waste to energy methods
• Advanced waste collection methods
• Specific examples of waste management (e.g. hazardous waste, hospital waste etc.)
• Waste recycling
• Waste mining and other trends in development

Intended learning outcomes

Students gain the ability to evaluate real strategic options and technologies of waste management. This prepares them for responsible decission making connected with waste. Based on the knowledge gained they are able to evaluate the type of waste and evaluate the suiatbility of methods for their disposal and treatment. They gain the ability to contribute to the planing of waste management systems.


  • H. W. Gottinger: Economic Models and Applications of Solid Waste Management, Harwood Academic Publishers, Langhorne, 1991.
  • Current scientific literature (npr. Waste Management Journal E-gradivo)


• Seminar (20 %) • Written examination (40 %) • Oral examination (40 %)

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nova Gorica.

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GOLOBIČ, Iztok, PETKOVŠEK, Jure, GJERKEŠ, Henrik, KENNING, D.B.R. Horizontal chain coalescence of bubbles in saturated pool boiling on a thin foil. International journal of heat and mass transfer, ISSN 0017-9310. [Print ed.], Dec. 2011, vol. 54, iss. 25/26, str. 5517-5526, doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2011.07.039. [COBISS.SI-ID 11996187]

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