Study programmes / B-AS Agricultural Specialization / Waste Management
Course code:ODPHO
Course title in language of instruction:Odpadové hospodářství
Course title in Czech:Odpadové hospodářství
Course title in English:Waste Management
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2020/2021 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Jiří Antošovský (instructor)
doc. RNDr. Jana Kotovicová, Ph.D. (examiner, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Pavel Ryant, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Bohdan Stejskal, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, supervisor)
Prerequisites:Soil Science or Soil Science 1 or Soil Science 2 or Bachelor State Examination
Aims of the course:The aim of this subject is to make students familiar with advanced knowledge of waste management problems, particularly in unerstanding of issues of biodegradable waste and ways of its treatment.
Student gains skills enabling him to understand problems of building, operation and reclamation of landfills, collection centers, sorting lines and other facilities for waste management.
Student applies innovative solutions in waste management, using new techniques and technologies.
Achieved competencies enable student independently manage the treatment of municipal waste (including its part of trade waste) and packaging waste.
Based on proven knowledge and skills the student is well versed in legislation and is able to bear the responsibility for preventive solutions in waste management.
Course contents:
1.Waste problematics and waste management development (allowance 2/2)
a.Waste management and environmental protection.
b.Waste management concept.
c.International conventions.
d.Information systems in waste management.

2.Waste disposal, landfill recultivation (allowance 4/8)
a.Landfill kinds. Landfill placement, town-planning and building management, landfill founding and building-up. Landfill operation and monitoring. Operating documentation.
b.Design of landfill recultivation, technical and biological recultivation, integration in the landscape.
c.Relict landfill and old ballast saving. Economy.

3.Waste collection, sorting, modification, removal (allowance 2/0)
a.Transport systems in waste management. Techniques and technologies of waste sorting.
b.Dangerous waste, waste records, collection, sorting, transport. Dangerous waste removal techniques and technologies.
c.Solidification, fixation, vitrification, bitumenation, cementation.

4.Municipal, house and trade waste (allowance 2/2)
a.Basic characteristics, formation, ways of communal, house and trade waste treatment.
b.Packaging waste, packaging waste collection systems.
c.Return product and packaging taking-in, reusable packaging, returnable packaging.

5.Industrial waste (allowance 2/0)
a.Waste resources and characteristics, collection systems, sorting, transport and removal - except food industry.

6.Material and energy use waste utilization (allowance 2/0)
a.Waste recycling. Utilization of metal, glass, paper, plastic, textile wastes.
b.Car wrecks and electrical waste treatment.
c.Thermic waste disposal. Characteristics of waste as a fuel.

7.Prevention of waste origin (allowance 2/2)
a.Cleaner production, project methodology, evaluation methods in use.
b.Assessment of products life cycle (LCA), ecodesign, ecologically friendly products.
c.Environmental systems of management.

8.Waste management legislation (allowance 2/2)
a.The Waste Act, implementing regulations.
b.The Packaging Act, implementing regulations.
c.European and related legislation.

9.Biowastes of plant origin (allowance 2/2)
a.Agricultural biowastes.
b.Forestry and timbering biowastes.
c.Usage possibilities -- combustion of plant mass.

10.Biowastes of livestock farming (allowance 2/2)
c.Usage possibilities.

11.Biowastes of food industry (allowance 2/2)
a.Waste characteristics from flower-milling industry, malting and brewing industries, starch industry, spirit industry, sugar, fat and oil industries, preserving, wine, yeast and fermentation industries, milk and meat-packing industries.

12.Biological waste utilization (allowance 2/2)
a.Sewage of wastewater treatment plant.
c.Anaerobic digestion.

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to work independently
-professional knowledge
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Conceptually solve and design the equipment for waste treatment
-Implement practical findings and researches in the field of Waste Management
-Orientation in basic laboratory procedures for waste management

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:•Participation in seminars is compulsory. Max. two absences are tolerated. Full participation in laboratory seminars.
•Submission of two laboratory reports.
•Submission of home survey and seminar project.
•Participation in the excursion to a waste treatment facility is compulsory.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice24 h
     laboratory work16 h
     consultation8 h
     preparation for exam35 h
     preparation for regular testing11 h
     elaboration of reports10 h
     elaboration and execution of projects30 h
     writing of seminar paper10 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • FILIP, J. -- ORAL, J. Odpadové hospodářství. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2003. 75 p. ISBN 80-7157-682-4.
  • FILIP, J. -- KOTOVICOVÁ, J. -- BOŽEK, F. Komunální odpad a skládkování. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2003. 121 p. ISBN 80-7157-712-X.
  • FILIP, J. et al. Odpadové hospodářství. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2002. 116 p. ISBN 80-7157-608-5.
  • FILIP, J. -- ŽDÍMAL, V. -- TICHÁ, M. Základy projektování. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2005. 193 p. ISBN 80-7157-917-3.
  • GRODA, B. Technika zpracování odpadů, II. Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita, 1997. 168 p. ISBN 80-7157-264-0.
  • MAREČEK, J. et al. Legislativa odpadového hospodářství. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita, 2003. 134 p. ISBN 80-7157-656-5.
  • EVANS, G. Biowaste and biological waste treatment. London: James & James, 194 p. ISBN 1-902916-08-5.
  • Waste management research trends. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 401 p. ISBN 978-1-60456-234-7.