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Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne via Coursera

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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Effort 4-6 hours a week
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  • Duration 5 weeks long
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Have you come across large piles of garbage in neighbourhoods and streets and smelly waste disposal sites polluting the environment of low- and middle-income countries? Do you want to know what kind of sustainable solutions are appropriate to better manage waste and enhance recycling and recovery? If yes, this course is for you!

This course provides you with an overview of the municipal solid waste management situation in low- and middle-income countries. It covers key elements of the waste management system, such as its technical, environmental, social, financial and institutional aspects. Besides understanding the challenges, you will be introduced to appropriate and already applied solutions through selected case studies.

Syllabus

Physical Elements of Solid Waste Management
-The course begins with an overview of the current waste management situation in developing countries. We will introduce the Integrated Sustainable Waste Management framework that will guide you through this course. The modules of this first week deal with the physical components of municipal solid waste management. Connect with your peers and check out the bonus modules at the end of the week. ******************** SEMANA 1: ELEMENTOS FÍSICOS DE LA GESTIÓN DE LOS RESIDUOS SÓLIDOS: El curso comienza con una visión general de la situación actual de la gestión de los residuos sólidos en los países en vías de desarrollo. Introduciremos el marco de la Gestión Integrada y Sostenible de los Residuos Sólidos que te guiará a través de este curso. Los módulos de esta primera semana tratan de los componentes físicos de la gestión municipal de los residuos sólidos. Conéctate con tus compañeros y revisa los módulos adicionales al final de la semana. ******************** SEMAINE 1: ÉLÉMENTS MATÉRIELS DE LA GESTION DES DÉCHETS SOLIDES: Le cours commence par un aperçu de la situation actuelle de la gestion des déchets dans les pays en développement. Nous vous présenterons le cadre de gestion intégrée et durable des déchets qui vous guidera tout au long de ce cours. Les modules de cette première semaine traitent des composantes physiques de la gestion des déchets municipaux. Connectez-vous avec vos collègues et découvrez les modules bonus à la fin de la semaine.

Physical Elements of Solid Waste Management : Lesson Choices
-Choice 1: We offer this quiz in English, French and Spanish. Please choose your preferred language and complete only one of the three quizzes. | Choice 2: Ofrecemos esta prueba en español, inglés y francés. Por favor, elige tu idioma preferido y completa sólo una de las tres pruebas. | Choice 3: Nous offrons ce quiz en français, anglais et espagnol. Veuillez choisir votre langue préférée et répondre à un seul des trois quiz.

Governance Aspects of Solid Waste Management
-This week focuses on the governance aspects, also called the “soft” aspects of a municipal solid waste management system. We will explain the different stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities as well as legislative issues and financial mechanisms. ******************** SEMANA 2 - ASPECTOS DE LA GOBERNANZA DE LA GESTIÓN DE LOS RESIDUOS SÓLIDOS: Esta semana se centra en los aspectos de la gobernanza, los también llamados aspectos "blandos" de un sistema de gestión municipal de residuos sólidos. Explicaremos cuáles son las diferentes partes interesadas o involucradas, y sus funciones y responsabilidades, así como los asuntos de carácter legislativo y los mecanismos financieros. ******************** SEMAINE 3 - ASPECTS DE GOUVERNANCE DE LA GESTION DES DÉCHETS SOLIDES: Cette semaine met l'accent sur les aspects de gouvernance, aussi appelés les aspects " doux " d'un système de gestion des déchets solides municipaux. Nous expliquerons les différents acteurs et leurs rôles et responsabilités ainsi que les questions législatives et les mécanismes financiers.

Governance Aspects of Solid Waste Management : Lesson Choices
-Choice 1: We offer this quiz in English, French and Spanish. Please choose your preferred language and complete only one of the three quizzes. | Choice 2: Ofrecemos esta prueba en español, inglés y francés. Por favor, elige tu idioma preferido y completa sólo una de las tres pruebas. | Choice 3: Nous offrons ce quiz en français, anglais et espagnol. Veuillez choisir votre langue préférée et répondre à un seul des trois quiz.

Organic waste treatment
-This week provides you with an overview on organic waste treatment. We will start with the basics of two very common organic waste treatment technologies: composting and anaerobic digestion. We then continue with technologies that are currently less common in practice: vermicomposting, waste processing using black soldier fly larvae, and thermochemical conversion. ******************** SEMANA 3 - TRATAMIENTO DE LOS RESIDUOS ORGÁNICOS: Esta semana te ofrece una visión general sobre el tratamiento de los residuos orgánicos. Comenzaremos con las nociones básicas de dos tecnologías de tratamiento de residuos orgánicos muy comunes: el compostaje y la digestión anaeróbica. Continuaremos con tecnologías que actualmente son menos comunes en la práctica: el vermicompostaje, el procesamiento de residuos sólidos con las larvas de la mosca soldado negra y la conversión termoquímica. ******************** SEMAINE 3 - TRAITEMENT DES DÉCHETS ORGANIQUES: Cette semaine vous donne un aperçu du traitement des déchets organiques. Nous commencerons par les bases de deux technologies très courantes de traitement des déchets organiques : le compostage et la digestion anaérobie. Ensuite, nous continuerons avec des technologies qui sont actuellement moins courantes dans la pratique : le lombricompostage, le traitement des déchets par larves de mouche soldat noir et la conversion thermochimique.


Organic waste treatment: Lesson Choices
-Choice 1: We offer this quiz in English, French and Spanish. Please choose your preferred language and complete only one of the three quizzes. | Choice 2: Ofrecemos esta prueba en español, inglés y francés. Por favor, elige tu idioma preferido y completa sólo una de las tres pruebas. | Choice 3: Nous offrons ce quiz en français, anglais et espagnol. Veuillez choisir votre langue préférée et répondre à un seul des trois quiz.

Special waste fractions
-The week covers special waste fractions, such as hazardous waste, healthcare waste, e-waste, plastic waste and construction and demolition waste. We will explain the key challenges and opportunities for an improved management in low- and middle-income settings. ******************** SEMANA 4 - FRACCIONES ESPECIALES DE LOS RESIDUOS SÓLIDOS: La semana abarca las fracciones especiales de los residuos sólidos, como los residuos peligrosos, los residuos sanitarios, los residuos electrónicos, los residuos plásticos y los residuos de la construcción y demolición. Explicaremos los principales desafíos y oportunidades de mejoramiento en entornos de medianos y bajos ingresos. ******************** SEMAINE 4 - DÉCHETS SPÉCIAUX: La semaine couvre les déchets spéciaux, tels que les déchets dangereux, les déchets médicaux, les déchets électroniques, les déchets plastiques et les déchets de construction et de démolition. Nous expliquerons les principaux défis et possibilités pour une meilleure gestion dans les contextes de revenus faibles et moyens.



Special waste fractions : Lesson Choices
-Choice 1: We offer this quiz in English, French and Spanish. Please choose your preferred language and complete only one of the three quizzes. | Choice 2: Ofrecemos esta prueba en español, inglés y francés. Por favor, elige tu idioma preferido y completa sólo una de las tres pruebas. | Choice 3: Nous offrons ce quiz en français, anglais et espagnol. Veuillez choisir votre langue préférée et répondre à un seul des trois quiz.

Strategic Issues and Planning in Solid Waste Management
-During the last week, the modules will focus more on strategic and planning aspects of MSWM. Learn more about the impact solid waste management has on the environment, how to improve the solid waste management situation in your community or city, and how the topic of solid waste is addressed by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. ******************** SEMANA 5 - TEMAS ESTRATÉGICOS Y PLANIFICACIÓN EN EL MANEJO DE LOS RESIDUOS SÓLIDOS: Durante la última semana, los módulos se centrarán en los aspectos estratégicos y de planificación de la gestión municipal de los residuos sólidos. Aprende más sobre el impacto que la gestión de los residuos sólidos tiene en el medio ambiente, cómo mejorar la situación de la gestión de los residuos sólidos en su comunidad o ciudad, y cómo el tema de los residuos sólidos se aborda en los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de las Naciones Unidas. ******************** SEMAINE 5 - ENJEUX STRATÉGIQUES ET PLANIFICATION DANS LA GESTION DES DÉCHETS SOLIDES: Au cours de la dernière semaine, les modules se concentreront davantage sur les aspects stratégiques et planificateurs de la gestion des déchets municipaux. Apprenez-en plus sur l'impact de la gestion des déchets solides sur l'environnement, comment améliorer la situation de la gestion des déchets dans votre communauté ou votre ville, et comment le thème des déchets solides est abordé par les objectifs de développement durable de l'ONU.


Strategic Issues and Planning in Solid Waste Management: Lesson Choices
-Choice 1: We offer the final exam in English, French and Spanish. Please choose your preferred language! | Choice 2: Ofrecemos esta prueba en español, inglés y francés. Por favor, elige tu idioma preferido y completa sólo una de las tres pruebas. | Choice 3: Nous offrons ce quiz en français, anglais et espagnol. Veuillez choisir votre langue préférée et répondre à un seul des trois quiz.

Taught by

Christian Zurbrügg and Imanol Zabaleta

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Sara C
5.0 3 years ago
by Sara completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The exams are really easy and short but the lessons are long, the weeks are loaded with 6 to 7 videos of 10-15 min each. It is packed with information and they also share good sources to deepen your understanding.
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Dheebak B
5.0 a year ago
by Dheebak completed this course, spending 25 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course started from basics. It showed the various ways through which waste can be disposed . Many real-world examples were given. Even mathematical calculations were present to determine the amount of energy in a waste.
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Somi O
4.0 3 years ago
Somi completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course was very well taught. It easy to follow and understand. It gave me a lot of valuable information.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
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Municipal solid waste management in developing countries is very important topic to learn. As well updating the knowledge by the experiences gained from newly practices adopted by the developed country on waste management will be very much helpful to solve effectively the current waste issues in developing countries. To learn the view of the developed country and how they see these related issues in the developing countries and their recommendations and guidance to solve some issues is very interested since i am also is getting involved in this field
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