Solid Waste 101


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This course will provide an introduction to concepts in solid waste management and share information on all aspects of solid waste management including waste generation, waste characterization, recycling, composting, landfilling and waste-to-energy.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to:

  • Describe historic trends in per capita waste generation and recycling rates, as well as to describe the composition of solid waste.
  • Understand terminology associated with MSW recycling and compare its advantages and disadvantages.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of solid waste disposal including landfills, thermal conversion and composting.

Course Length

54 minutes

Presenter Biography

SHANNON BARTELT-HUNT Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Dept. of Civil Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Nebraska, she was a postdoctoral research associate at North Carolina State University. Her research interests are focused on contaminant transport in soil, water and landfills.